23 January 2013

Sometimes I can't believe this is my job.

A lot of the time, my job is based at a desk. But sometimes, I get set loose and go out to some, frankly, really ace stuff. Last week, I found myself at a photo shoot down in London. I'm sure, for folk who are at shoots all the time, they become really mundane. But, when you're only at them a few times a year and the purpose of your time there is to immerse yourself and get a bit of a plan about what you can do to support the resultant campaign and to get some ace snaps for social media to give a behind the scenes sneak preview, man are they a great way to spend a day!

Here are some fun out-takes...
Building the set
My colleague chilling under the set
Hiding under a set piece
Being attacked by a set piece!
Models being beautified. As if they need it!
Model blending in with the floor instructions.
I don't know about you, but I always insist on my pedicurist following me about for toenail polish emergencies.
Make-up, make-up and more make-up. And more make-up. So had to resist have a good poke about!
More accessories. Studded collars go girlie...
When at a shoe based shoot, one simple NEEDS shoes.
 And so to the downtime dress up fun...

I need a pair of these.
My colleagues love them too.
So many accessories, so little time!

16 January 2013

Leopard print. Cosy. Furry. Pink.

I actually wore this outfit a couple of weeks ago. It's like I could tell that, a few weeks later, it would get right cold again and be all snowy and that I'd want to bust out some weather appropriate shit on the blog. Man, I am like so forsightful. Intuitive? Whatever.

But seriously, unless you're in Devon (and gawd knows those guys deserve a break after all the rain they've taken), what's with it being so cold again. Though, I must say, I'm a big fan of seasons behaving as they're expected too. The 10c in January stuff we've had recently was starting to freak me out. I thought Scottish summer had come early. It might have. That might be it over. *cries*. Anyway, should you find yourself in need of warmth on a chilly day, might i recommend to you this get up:

Hat: Primark, Coat: eBay, Skirt: Topshop, Jumper: vintage, Nike trainers: schuh, Necklace: H&M (present)
Double leopard print, in different colours? Check.

Cosy and appropriately loud jumper? Check.

Big bold neck-piece? Check.

I am good to go!

Yet, ANOTHER new trainer obsession. For realz. I mean, you put leopard print on the trainer and there's a good chance I'll bite...

Top and bottom brooches, New York vintage market. Middle brooch: gift.

9 January 2013

Nasty Gal heel-less wedges. In yo' face!

I read a blog post a few days ago by someone who was turning 27 and getting married soon and pondering maturity and age and all that goes with it. It was great to read all the different comments and differing perceptions of what we think we 'should' achieve or do and by when. There were plenty "I'm 28 and now can't see myself managing to have got married/bought a house/had a kid/reached the pinnacle of my career by the time I'm 30, as I thought I would" type comments, as well as a good few "You're really not that old at all" responses. If you'd asked me in my early or mid twenties where I'd be by the time I was 30, I sure as hell couldn't have told you. I think I'm one of life's aimless drifty people. One thing that made me chortle while reading though, was the author's assertion that, on turning 27, she felt that she'd rather be wearing Hobbs than Nasty Gal. I'm a pretty each-to-their-own kinda gal but, at 31, I've never yet set foot in a Hobbs (well, I think I did once, but I was drunk and with a friend and her friend who wanted to go in) and just find it all a bit staid. And, what's more, I very recently acquired my first pair of Nasty Gal shoes! These bad boys:

Dress: River Island, Necklace: Plastique, Shoes: Nasty Gal

Their lurid colour reminds me of a poisonous rain forest frog. Which is great because I love to look at those cute little guys - they're so pretty! Beyond that, truth be told, Nasty Gal clothes aren't really 'me'. In the main, they're just a wee bit too short and too tight. And you know I don't shy away from a bit of short and tight! It was more the idea that, on reaching a certain age, one should dress a certain way. I live in fear of the day that I suddenly start thinking I should be dressing 'sensibly'. Or that any of my favourite bloggers suddenly start feeling that way. I'd sure as heck be losing some of the most amazing ladies from my reading list and that would be the saddest thing. So here's to wearing lurid frog boots, coloured sunset dresses, plenty of leopard print and ignoring conventions of age. Woop!

Jumper: Primark. I have NO idea what happened to this photo. Let's assume that the frogs are releasing poison.

6 January 2013

Sales and a re-brand!

OMG - Little Scribbler has gone!

I picked the name fairly arbitrarily when I started blogging and, to be honest, haven't really liked it for a long time. To start with, there's nothing little about me (maybe my bank balance right now). And "Scribbler" inaccurately gave the impression of drawing which I 100% do not do well! So welcome to "champagne shoes, lemonade budget". I wondered whether it was twee, then thought, 'fuck it' - I'm a human who loves the shoes but who doesn't have endless budgets. I prattle about fancy designer shoes I'd like and occasionally find the means to procure a pair. And, beyond that, I often bag shoes that LOOK awesome but are actually quite bargainous. And so CSLB is born. Plus, it runs beyond shoes too, doesn't it? There's no denying I'm a bit of an over-shopper. A greedy, modern, consumer. I console myself that it means I'm totally contributing to the economy and helping the world turn. That said, I am a stereotypical stingy Scot and am always on the lookout for a bargain. So, fear not Scribbler fans (I'm sure there's at least one out there), the content of the blog isn't going to change as such but maybe I'll get more regular and be more focussed. Woop.

And, so to the sale shopping...I've read a lot of blogs this season where folk haven't had much luck with the sales. I've been the reverse - I got some pretty decent stuff! Here it is:

Awesome Chloe-esque boots from Office. I blogged my black ones from schuh a couple of posts back. But they didn't get them in red and sometimes needs must. So, when I swung by Office and they had them at £40, down from £85, I had to do it! If I wear them even half as much as the black, they'll have been well worth it. Plus, the Chloe version are still £850 on Net-a-Porter. Jebus!

These shoes from Topshop are a funny one. I saw them online and didn't think much of them. Then I saw them in a magazine and they looked AMAZING on! The toe shape is perfect, I love a chunky heel and the dusky pink suede is such a flattering colour. And the heel is like a disco ball! Best bit - they were down from £58 to £30 in the sale and I had a Topshop gift card. 

These dresses were £12 and £15 in the River Island sale. They did a galactic version of the rose one which I loved but which made my arse look like a giant squishy bruise. Now, I'm happy to break a fashion rule but that's a step too far. In the rose one, it looks looks like a big soft floral cushion instead. Much better. The other dress is so sunsetty that I could not resist it! I LOVE sunsets. I think it will serve me well in the clubs of Ibiza this June...

Zara shoes (as worn in my last post). I'm gonn' be a cowgirl! Isabel Marant style! I nearly bought these shoes about 7 times but always walked away/closed the webpage. However, when I went in to the shop last week and they were down from £60 to £30, I was sold! I'm off for a hoe-down.

3 January 2013

Zara shoes and starring on the Shaun Keaveny breakfast show

Today I wore my be-YOO-tiful new Zara shoes...thirty quid down from sixty in the sale and I have been coveting them a LONG ass while. Today, ladies and gentlemen, I was a cowgirl.

Shoes: Zara, Skirt and Jacket: H&M, Jumper: Vintage, POW Necklace: Hannah Zakari. Yes, I looked tired, nay, shattered, and a bit bloated. First day at work after Christmewyear. It's allowed.

And promptly busted the heel between paving stones. The hazards of wearing beautiful suede covered heels outside. At all. Still, better to get them out there and have them end up a bit busted than to hide them away

Today is also the day that yours truly was a star guest (I use that phrase very loosely) on the BBC 6 Music Shaun Keaveny breakfast show! If you were listening this morning and heard Llara from Edinburgh praising the snipping tool (excellent computer programme), being asked to repeat "compu'er" in a wee Scottish accent and getting Kasabian's Cutt Off played, it was ME! FAME. Two minutes thereof.


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1 January 2013


Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a good one. I'm currently ploughing my way through yet more Christmas cake and wondering if it's acceptable to ease gently into real life eating again through the end of this week and to gradually lessen the amount of crap/alcohol I ingest and really get fresh from Monday the 7th. I fear if I cut the crap out dead, I'll go into a weird sugar crash coma. It'd probably be no bad thing - I think my body needs a shock. To be honest, I really just want to be able to finish the Christmas cake and I can't do that in the rest of today.

So, with it being New Year and whatnot, I figured it seemed a good time to consider resolution type stuff. And, to keep it nice for you and to thank you for reading my ramblings, I'll intersperse the chat with some pictures of my in neon stuff and spiky stuff. Fair deal?

Jumper: Primark (I'm away off to cut the tag out right now - didn't realise it looked so obvious and white until now), Skirt: H&M, boots: Jeffrey Campbell at Solestruck. I think I had a giant chin spot this day  - hence coy over shoulder chin-hiding pose.
Normally I don't bother too much with resolutions. I've lost count of the number of times I (or others) resolve to lose weight, see more of folk, drink less, join gyms etc, only to see it all go tits up by February. Oddly though, without any real resolution, I probably go to the gym more now than I ever have and I actually like it too. And, as a result, I'm probably the fittest I've been since my teens. I also lost a bit of weight last year too (only a wee bit, mind), without any goal or anything, so that was nice too. 

So, with health and fitness (my past resolution topics) in hand, this year I feel a bit freer to crack on with some other resolution type stuff. More for fun and enrichment or something. This is as deep as it gets people, fear not! Here's a close up of the shoes though, just in case...

So here's what I plan to do this year:

Read more. Books. I get through my magazines but, even then, I'm still on maybe November's Elle - at the rate I'm going, I'll be scowling over how last season everything in there is and at the fact that I've missed the TV shows, events etc that they're talking about. "But", I hear you ask, "how will you find time to read books when you're behind on your magazines, struggle to blog regularly and generally seem to be a pretty busy bee a lot of the time?". Good question, dear reader, I'm glad you asked! I realised this week that I spend too much time fannying about with my phone and scrolling through totally inane chatter on Twitter etc, when I could be doing much more fulfilling/rewarding things with my time. So I shall cut back on that for a start (not on words with friends though - that strengthens the mind for sure! LlaraG if you're looking for a new opponent). I also really need to reconsider the amount of crap telly I watch too. So, with cuts in both those areas, I feel sure I can get stuck into some literary fodder. On this, does anyone have a kindle and have any feelings to share on said device?

Get back into music in a bigger way. I used to be forever listening to music. I listen to 6 music all day at work and love it. I just plan to make more effort to seek out bands I enjoy and to get back into listening to more music at home. Which I can do as I'm reading! Yay!

Seizing days. I was at home the other night doing piss all and watching old friends re-runs. Then I discovered that it was the pre-Hogmanay torchlight procession in Edinburgh. I felt kind of sad that I was doing bog all when something so cool was going on. Plus, I have an epic new hip flask (yellow neon leopard print) that I could have had with me and everything. So, sometimes, I need to sit on my arse less and go out and do more stuff. Especially given that I live somewhere as awesome and beautiful as Edinburgh. That said, sometimes one does need a down day.

And my last one is private so I'm not telling you it!

Necklace: H&M
PS - totes planning to get in banging shape for Ibiza this summer too ;-)