Thursday, 29 September 2011

Mickey Mouse's Clubhouse

Mickey Mouse's Clubhouse


Come on, who doesn't love Mickey?

 
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Stargazer Shake 'n' Bling Entry!

I've been a fan of Stargazer's make up line for years - I first discovered them in a shop called Hellfire in Glasgow , where I found a white compressed powder. Being insanely pale and going through a SuperGoaff (and wishing I could marry Dani from Cradle of Filth...) I decided, 'Why the heck not?' 
 From there, it became an obsession to won as much as possible. The amazing eyelashes, the brighter-than-bright nail colours, and the neon eyeshadows - I used to wear the red to school and I'd get asked if I'd been punched! It was glorious, being introduced to all these amazing colours I'd never be able to find at my local Boots store. So when on Twitter they announced they were doing a nail-art challenge, I bravely accepted, even though my nail art has never really been up to scratch. 

 They sent me "Teal" from their Chrome range, a little box of diamantes in different sizes, a bright blue glitter pot, and a black nail art pen. And after experimenting (unsuccessfully) with a Cityscape style with building silhouettes and a weird-looking combination with a fleur-di-lys and some spades/hearts, I ended up with this... a "Starry Night" style!

...I have wrinkly hands. Enjoy!

Amii
xoxo

Monday, 26 September 2011

1950's Pin Up Tutorial!

So I bit the bullet (I say that quite a lot don't I? Bullets aren't tasty kids, even in sandwiches) and made that tutorial video. Not as half as scary as I thought, and it was really fun making it! Of course during filming I had an altercation with Tilly Kitty and Andrew phoned me to blabber about some game...but this was my third film of it and the only one I felt really comfortable about uploading. I figured, why not just be honest and myself? I'm not a cosmetics guru, I'm not some perfect plastic doll, I'm just some lass who likes playing around with make-up, and it makes me happy.

And the end product of editing, flapping about because the upload didn't contain my subtitles I spent ages applying, and then finally YouTube's own subtitling service used, here is my video.
 Enjoy, and let me know what you think. :)




Followers on both this and twitter, and of course my lovely friends, you really have given my the courage and metaphorical balls to do this. My friends don't really know about the tutorial but they give me unfalteringly amazing advice and fill me to the brim with confidence. Thankyou for helping me beat that barrier down. :)

Friday, 23 September 2011

OOTD: The "Drunken Mess" Edition

Bolero; Topshop
Shorts; Primark
24" brocade corset; a present from the gorgeous Natasha from Madam Salami!

As I'm terrible and forget to take outfit photos all the time. So here's my most recent post-worthy (at a push) one, from our night out on Saturday. We went out as it was Jamie, Lucy and Lam's birthdays last week so it was a joint birthday. I was stuck for what to wear and found these in my cupboard (that Andrew obsessively rearranged last week. Silly boy!) and just decided, sod it, I'm with my friends, I don't care about anyone else right now, I'm wearing this....of course it hit how little I was wearing by the time we hit the pub! It was a good night though, and everyone enjoyed themselves :)

A few wee updates coming your way on the blog:
  • After only half an hour on E.L.F. Zara and I ordered £40 worth of stuff...Eeeek! So expect a haul post soon, and a look created by the products I bought :)
  • The Autumn Series is coming along, and there's still openings for who ever wants in on it :)
  • This is kind of a biggie...I've been thinking about this for months and months, and finally, last week, I filmed a make-up tutorial. Nothing fantastic, just a basic pin-up look, how I wear it when I'm out etc...And if I'm honest, I've been in two minds over uploading it.
Me, at 15 years old. Barely any piercngs, still in my school uniform, and copying make-up I'd saw on retro-devoted websites, and on girls I'd seen in tattoo magazines.

Now, the last time I posted a tutorial was when I was 15, and it was how I wore my hair on a daily basis (big, long, curled and backcombed out of this world!) Some girls at school found the video on youtube, posted lots of nasty comments on it, spread it around and I was made fun of for it. I already had very low self-esteem, and zero confidence, and this horrible incident only knocked me further down. Now, I've always loved make up, always jumped at the chance to get all glammed up...something normally stops me taking it as far as I want to though. Something in the back of my mind has always said, 'But it's not good enough! You look like an idiot!' and stopped me from getting a chance to shake my tail-feathers and make a song and dance about it when I feel good about myself. So, as stupid as it sounds, I've been properly freaking out about this. I know I'm not in high school anymore, and that the internet isn't exactly a civil place, but the thing I had been worrying over the most was not people's reactions to it (because let's face it, if they watch it, then fine, if it helps then great and if they don't then so what?) but was if it turns out I've gone and made myself look like an utter idiot again. 
 But at the end of the day, as some lovely people on twitter pointed out, it's a video. And if I don't like it, I can delete it. Simple as. So the video has been filmed (and edited, then refilmed and re-edited....and finally filmed for a third time, and it's in the middle of being edited. I'm a perfectionist, okay?!) and will be uploaded by the Sunday afternoon.... Eeeek!


How has everyone been? What's new with you and coming up on your blogs soon?

Amii
xoxo

Friday, 16 September 2011

September Wishlist: All That Glitters!

 I totally forgot to do an August wishlist; reason being, I moved back to my job in the piercing studio full time so I couldn't pinch the computer's I was (meant to be) concentrating on at my old job...in reality, I spent most of the time there blogging and looking at clothes. Oops.
 That means that the things that should have been on the August one are on this, the sparkly new September Wishlist :)
"Black Rose" bracelet by Daisy Does Jewellery, £8

1. Some sparkly new jewellery
 I've been a bit of a magpie recently, and have started hoarding jewellery like no-ones business. I'm going to blog about my newly-acquired ring collection in a week or so, but not only them, I've started collecting necklaces as well. And still at the back of my mind is that wee idea of making my own plugs...I made Kirsty a wee pretty tunnel, and forgot to send it in her last parcel. Doh! I discovered a few lovely jewellery designers via twitter, such as Daisy Does (featuring their gorgeous bracelet above!), Punky PinsRaffles Bizarre (Who I done a feature on a few months back), Thirteen Jewellery and Dolly Dagger...so this really isn't helping my growing obsession!

Best film in the world...


2. Halloween!
 I make no secret of the fact I freakin' LOVE Halloween. I'm more excited for it than Christmas! I'm already desperate to decorate my house, ready for trick or treaters! Or, if it ends up like last year and only 4 kids turned up for the £20 worth of goodies we bought, decorated for meeee! I love decorating for it, and this year will be even better because TK Maxx have started stocking up early - I honestly spent an hour in there last time looking at all the snowglobes with bats in them, trick or treat signs...and a big massive glittery owl! And every year, I make a damn good effort on my costume... Last year I was a zombie pin-up girl, this year I'm thinking of going as a gentleman, with awesome accessories aka a monocle and a top hat. Possible a cane too...


 Bullboxer button-up boots (£40) and Steve Madden ruffled brocade coat (£60)
3. A lovely cosy outfit...
It's nearing the end of September, the days are getting shorter and colder, and A/W11 trends are appearing in stores up and down the nation. Again, in one of my lengthy trips to TK Maxx, I saw the perfect coat and shoes. I was actually so upset I didn't win their £100 voucher competition because I wanted to buy them if I'd one it! They're pictured above, and they are perfect. :(
 Never mind! I have my trusty leopard print grey faux-fur coat (that's a mouthful...) that I got from New Look last winter, and my Docs can handle the mushy leaves!  I just need to find me a cosy hat and scarf now. I've been eyeing up Accessorize and their cute armwarmers, and Claire's are stocking some seriously adorable Owl and Kitty hats which I've decided I need in my life and on my head. It would be cheaper to just learn to knit and make stuff on my own, which brings me to the next item on my wishlist...


4. I wish the Crafty Fairy would visit me :(

I'm a bit down about not being as creative these days as I used to be. I tried to make a peter pan collar for my friend and it ended up looking like a giant furry albino worm from all the stitches that came loose. I know it would have looked much better if I had machine-sewn it, but I don't own one, andI'm  unwilling to splash out the cash on one to find I have no time whatsoever to give it the love and stiching-use it deserves. I had great plans for making Brandon a tee-shirt quilt, and realised how difficult it was going to be as I've lost any sewing knowledge I did have, and didn't have any about quilting in the first place. I need my wee Granny up here to come and help me :(
 But I'm taking it slowly, and getting back into customising tee's and dresses. I'm going to start making high-waisted shorts out of an old pair of jeans I have and see if I can even make little braces for them as well. If I make any progress, I'll blog about it (big massive capital IF right there,) and I'm finding that crafty sites such as Cut Out & Keep are seriously helping feed my inspiration :)


Underbust 'panty' girdle, £37.50

5. Retro-tastic lingerie!
I confess to be one of those people who spends ages looking through lingerie shops, sifting through masses of rails of pants, bras, and naughty outfits, never thinking I'll suit any of them. A bra's a bra, it's basic function is to hold your boobies in place, who cares what it looks like, right? Well, I do. I love lingerie, I just don't own any that fits me because I measure differently all the time, which stops me from ordering online from my favourite site for it, What Katie Did. Wearing their gorgeous underwear beneath the plainest of clothes would make any woman feel like the most glamorous lady alive...I'm determined to figure out my size (I'm in denial at being a 32H, no way am I that size, I'll need to pinch Lucy [who's been working in Ann Summers for a couple of years] next time I see her and throw a measuring tape at her!) and go wild...


What's on your wishlist this month? Have you ever ordered from these jewellery sites? If so, what's your favourite from them? :)

Take care folks, and thanks again for reading
Amii
xo

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Exciting things going on...

 So as I have mentioned in previous posts, there are a few new things coming up on the blog in the next month or two...
  • The fabulous Jessie at Notamakeupsnob and I have a collaboration series on the go, expect the first one around mid-week next week! Included will be tutorials, music, and just general awesomeness.
  • I have a guest post coming up on my favourite slutface Kirsty's blog all about my corsets, and with a brand new lacey tip to be added! And her gorgeous wee face will pop up on here soon too...
  • I'm starting a new series about Autumn, my favourite season! I'm not even lying, I get so ridiculously excited over it. I already have a few girls lined up; you can write about whatever you want: any exciting events coming up for you in the coming months, what you're looking forward to most, Nails/Outfits/Faces/Hauls of the Day, your staple Autumnal outfits....anything you like! Fancy joining some other bloggers and being a part of this series? All you have to do is email amiifitblr@hotmail.co.uk to get in on it!
  • And finally, my internet is getting sorted soon (only been two years without having permanent internet connection! Woo!) and I found our webcam, so this means I'm going to have to bite the bullet and do what I've been planning on for a while... yes, that's right, tutorials! I already have a few filmed as well, one for basic pin-up style make up, and one which is for one of my guest posts I'm doing. Do you have any requests for tutorials/vlogs? Give me a shout at the email address, or you can even catch me on twitter on @ScarletPout .. or do it the normal way and drop a comment below :)
 Sorry for the big long boring picture-less post; although I've not ran out of ridiculous looking photos of me (believe me, they're part of one big bottomless pit...) they're not on this computer, so you'll have to make do with a virtual cuddle :) *squeeze*

Hope to hear from some of you soon!
Love
Amii
xoxo

Monday, 12 September 2011

OOTD; Legs Ahoy! and a gabber about BodyMods.

Top; very very, old shirt I got from an old record shop called "Europa Music" - if you're ever in Stirling, check it out, it's in Baker Street!
Shorts; My trusty old Internacionale ones, except I unclipped the cameo from them and they're so well-loved they're all holey and the velour's worn away...
Tights; crappy ones from New Look, supposedly suspender effect and they started below the knee and ripped before I'd even left the house. Hrm, thankfully I only paid 50p for them...
Unseen; charm bracelet from Claire's, and 26-hole Doc Martens I found in a charity shop 6yrs ago for £4!
If possible, I'd like to be a bit serious...*sniggers*

This photo was taken less than a month ago. My friend Sarah did my hair and I was persuaded to wear what I was wearing, sans tights. I'm not comfortable showing my legs - I never have been. The skin on them is so dotty, spotty, and rough that they look awful, and I very rarely if ever get them out. 
In the space of a month, this has all changed. 
I got my first large piece of tattooing done by one of my friends, fellow work-mate/slash/person who I'm apprenticing under, Zara. She's the tattoo apprentice at the studio we work at, and she wanted the chance to do a decent size piece on someone...so of course I volunteered! 

And here it is...
 Of course you all wanted a mahoosive picture of my swollen thigh!
It's a few lotus flowers on lily pads, with some fantailed goldfish. When it's coloured (next session will be in a week or two) it will be in soft greys, pinks, golds and blues, like a watercolour :)
As you can see from the picture, my skin isn't all that pretty looking. And again, in the last month that is now beginning to change...as I may have mentioned in my last post, I've discovered the skin condition I've been living with all my life and battled with: Keratosis Pilaris
I was finally, after 19 years, prescribed a cream to help settle this. "Just to make you aware," warned the doctor, "This isn't a cure. It's incurable. But it does make it a little more bearable." A LITTLE?! My skin feels so incredible compared to what it was before! Where it used to be rough it was now silky soft, the little pustules under my skin are only half as noticeable as before, and there are no more scabs! I could cry when I run my hands down my legs and arms, they just don't feel like my own, they feel like what normal arms and legs should! I may sound like I'm being over dramatic, but when you've lived your life basing outfit decisions on how bad your scaly arms are that day and how thick your tights have to be to hide your red, sore legs, this feels amazing. Honestly.
With that combined with my lengthening hair and my slowly-growing collection of ink, whenever I'm even just getting changed in the morning, I look in the mirror and do a funny little *squee* inside. I'm starting to feel so much better about myself, and that's what I love about modification - you see all these little parts of you that you love, and it makes you ignore the parts you hate. For example, I got a hand-poked moth at the top of my ribcage/bottom of my breastbone in June, and I still can't get over how gorgeous it is. It makes me forget about my awful scarred stomach and just appreciate the simple beauty of the tattoo. In fact, you can see it on Tabitha's blog over on ScaredToast.com! 

This is one of the many reasons I choose to modify myself in any way I like - changing my hair, getting pierced/tattooed, stretching various things, training my waist smaller...it's all toward changing my perception of myself in a more positive way. And I'm aware of the fact that this may be changing other's view on my negatively, but at the end of the day I'm not doing this for anyone else. Not for my parents, not for Andrew, not for anyone - for me. It makes me feel good in myself, and each little change feels like one step closer towards becoming who I really am inside.

 And I have to say as well, this growing self-confidence has a lot owed to my amazing friends as well. They know who they are, and they should know that without them I wouldn't be who I am today. They are such a positive and happy group of people, and are always there for one another. Always up for a giggle and a chatter, a group of shoulders to cry one, I love each and every one of them, and want them to know how much I appreciate them and what they do for me, and for eachother.


Have a nice week, guys
Amii
xoxoxo

15 WEIRD Facts...

Hello lovelies! I hope you're all doing well. I've some good news - our internet will be sorted in the next two weeks or so, which means I can blog consistently again and FINALLY get this Autumn series up and running!! Woo!

Anyways. I pinched this wee post from the gorgeous Sophia at Confessions of a Makeuplover and I tag you lot (yes, you!) so feel free :D *I'm incredibly nosy, so I'll be super excited if more people post this tag...just saying.*

#1. What's a nickname only your family calls you? Hmm, bit of an embarrassing one, my Dad used to call me 'wee Amz' and even made my AIM name that too so I could talk to him when he was offshore...and one of the women I work with, Nikki, came out with it a few months ago! I guess there's not many ways you can shorted 'Amii' to be fair.
 
#2. What's a weird habit of yours? I tend to laugh nervously after I say long paragraphs for some reason, which only makes it more awkward! Also, I check and rearrange everything in my bags and pockets when I'm on a bus, train or taxi to make sure I don't lose anything. More often than not though, something always ends up getting left behind! My friends houses have at least one thing belonging to me...

 
#3. Do you have any weird phobias?
Spiderwebs. Not so much spiders, but spiderwebs make me feel physically sick.
OH! And dark open spaces as well. And clowns... 0__0

#4. What's a song you secretly love to blast and belt out when you're alone? Johnny Cash "A Boy Named Sue", especially one of the last lines, I just HAVE to jump on the couch  and shout "HOW DO YOU DO!"
Most things by Johnny Cash actually. And the Horrorpops. Love getting a bit of Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton on the go and hollering along!
 

#5. What's one of your biggest pet peeves? When people say 'like' all the time. "Like, I went into HMV and like, they had no Katy Perry albums left and I was like, do you at least have like, her live dvd? And like, they didnt have any? So I was like, raging." Me and Zara spoke about this a while ago, and we know so many people who actually talk like that. It's like, SO annoying!  *get it?*

 #6. What's one of your nervous habits? This sounds a bit vile, but chewing the inside of my lip, or sticking my tongue in the corner of my mouth! 

#7. What side of the bed do you sleep on? I sleep on the left side. I start out lying face down straightened out, then I end up curling up on my left hand side in some kind of weird fetal position.

 #8. What was your first stuffed animal and it's name? The first one I can remember was my Granny made me a crochet Dino from the Flintstones (remember? The hyper purple-dino-dog thing?) But I didn't like the name Dino because that was her cat's name so I called him Pebbles instead. Eh?

 
 
#9. What's the drink you always order at starbucks? I don't like Starbucks! I love Costa's flavoured lattes, they recently brought out a creme brulee one and it's yummy :)

#10. What's a beauty rule you preach, but never actually practice?  Using a lipbrush with my lipstick...I'm too lazy for that, I just like smearing it on!


#11. Which way do you face in the shower? I don't like standing up in the shower, I like sitting down...but I face awar from it :)


#12. Do you have any 'weird' body 'skills'? I can shoot water from my centre labret piercing...which is a bit minging when you think about it! I can also make my nose crack (honestly, none of this 'chipping your nail off your tooth' stuff, I can litterally crack it! Blame my sister pushing me downstairs...) and I can 'floss' my stretched septum piercing, and I can rest my earphones inside my earlobes...yeah, I'm a bit disgusting LOL


#13. What's your favorite comfort food thats 'bad' but you love to eat it anyways? Wotsit sandwiches...in fact all crisps. And jam sandwiches. In fact, just everything in the world that is bad for you I'd probably eat (that isn't composed of animal matter)!


#14. What's a phrase or exclamation you always say? I giggle stupidly after sentences (see above and exuberant use of "ha ha ha!" throughout my posts... or "That's crazy/awesome/weird!" because I've got a poopy vocabulary.


#15. Time to sleep, what are you actually wearing? Either my onesie (age 12-13 boys one as I'm too wee for an adult one!) or slipper sox, boxers and an old band-tee. I hate sleeping naked, what if there was a fire and you had to get up quickly? I'd rather not be seen in the scud!



So, crazy quizzy times over for now, have this beautiful picture of me after my bosses barbeque and a few too many glasses of wine...
Heehee! Take care guys xoxo

Friday, 2 September 2011

OOTD: August Edition

Jumper: Internacionale
High-waisted shorts: Primark
Necklace & rings: Primark (except the Rennie Mackintosh one, that's one Andrew gave me)
Tattoo: courtesy of Zara!

(NB, please ignore the awful half-arsed nails...was experimenting!)

Been a while and a half since my last OOTD! Just been super busy. I'm back at work full time (which I'm loving!) and we're finally finishing the house which is exciting :)
There's been a few changes since my last OOTD... First off, I got a hair-chop! It feels a lot healthier since I got the balls to do it, and I feel more myself with a thick fringe. I've also dyed it black (semi-permanent, I learned my lesson!) And started wearing extensions more. I got new glasses too - exactly like my old ones I had for years except more cat-eye like and with diamantes. I've also lost weight, then put it back on a bit as I'm a yo-yo it seems. Ah well!

I need to remind myself to get measured for a bra properly, I tried to measure myself...aaaand I ended up measuring a 34H. No way! I guess that's the great thing about having friends who work in Ann Summers...the downside being I'll always be tempted by pretty undies! I'm coveting these at the moment:
I've got a couple of exciting new things lined up for ScarletPout in September...I do apologise that I've been away! Just incredibly hectic at the moment, and we'll be getting internet soon so I'll be able to be a lot more consistent :) expect a couple of jewellery designer reviews, more OOTD's, and something new: I've never tried this before, but I'd love to do an Autumn series of posts, and feature some lovely guest bloggers! I already have a few in mind, so if you're interested too, feel free to drop me a wee email, through amiifitblr[at]hotmail.co.uk - take that, spammers, I outsmarted yooou! Anyway I digress. Can't wait to hear from you!

So! That's all for now, I'm off to curl up in a wee ball and get rid of this bladdy head-ache.
Take care & thanks for reading! :)
Amii
Xxx