Friday, July 18, 2014

Doomplex Before Photos - Part One

I am rubbish at blogging to the point where I sometimes wonder why I still do it, but since buying a flat I realised that this is pretty much the perfect way to document its renovation. I've been meaning to post my before photos for a while, but I've been working constantly to pay for things so time is scarce. Nevertheless, here is my first round of before photos! ^_^

NB: We call the flat 'Doomplex' as it seemed suitable for a duplex apartment full of all my creepiness.


The bedroom was initially the living room, and when we went to view the flat, it looked like this:

The primary reason that I decided on having the living room as our bedroom was mainly the fact that the upstairs of the flat is an attic conversion, and my tall antique/repro furniture wouldn't fit in the rooms, nor would we have any wardrobe space. This is the biggest room in the flat.

After the room had been emptied, we lifted the carpets and were left with this:

As you can see, the whole room is really spacious and perfect for somewhere I tend to spend a lot of time. This last photo shows the door leading into the kitchen, with the steps partially demolished to ascertain what we could do with the space.

 Living room
Another reason I decided to have this room as the master bedroom is that the dining room (or third bedroom) had patio doors that led out onto some flat roof that would be perfect for decking.

That dark salmon wall colour is a real challenge to look at. Those cupboards also waste a lot of space. But through those patio doors, we have this:

How lovely is that? We are going to install floating decking here so that we can enjoy the garden space even more.

Since taking these photos we have done quite a bit of work to the flat, which I'm excited to share. I'll be back with another instalment of before photos soon, as these are very image-heavy, but I hope you see as much potential in this place as we did.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Let Your Blood Flow

I should really learn to schedule blog posts ...

Hello! Again! I have my hardest and scariest exam tomorrow, and I've been really upset about it throughout the entirety of my revision as it is not going well. However, I've come to terms with the fact that I'll never know more for it than I do right now, so I'm taking the night off to touch up my roots, clear out my old paperwork, and apparently write another blog post.

As I mentioned in my last one, I went to a Goth club! It was the Goth/industrial night at the QMU in Glasgow and it was a lot of fun. In preparation my new Goth buddy recommended a bunch of music to me as I'd never dabbled in industrial previously, and I am thus far a huge fan. It's basically Goth-appropriate dance music! Here are some of my favourite introductory tracks that have got me into the genre.

Get Your Body Beat - Combichrist

This is one of my favourite songs that I've discovered. Very good for blasting in the car.

The Noise Inside my Head - Assemblage 23

The namesake of my last post is this super catchy song. Assemblage 23 are definitely inspired by Goth which is probably why I like them so much.

Dirty - Grendel

Definitely a heavier, more electronic song here. Fun to thrash around to.

Alive - Assemblage 23

I love the riff in this! Another Assemblage song because this guy's voice is heavenly.

Feed the Fire - Combichrist

I think this one's featured on the Devil May Cry soundtrack. Another great one that's a bit more heavier and influenced by metal, from what I can hear. It is definitely a "shit's going down" song.

In This Together - Apoptygma Berzerk

More of an alternative/electro sound here. After all that, this song is just cute. I've been playing it a lot recently. :)

Monday, May 05, 2014

The Noise Inside My Head

I'm currently in the throes of final exams, but today I studied for six hours straight without realising so I gave myself the night off, and thought I might post on here. :)

Some news: I went to my first Goth club last Saturday night and it was absolutely fantastic! I didn't get a good photo of my outfit but it involved the Motel fishnet dress, a leather bra top, and New Rocks. I was a fan. ;)

I also ordered my first-ever corset from Orchard Corset last month, after seeing a few girls rocking them and finally giving in to my ever-present desire for one. I went for the CS-411 in black satin (I kind of wish I'd gone for the cotton one now, but alas, it looks so pretty!) and am anxiously awaiting its arrival.

Inspired by both of these I idly put together this collage whilst watching The Vampire Diaries this evening in my Cruella de Vil pyjamas. I am hardcore. It's basically my dream OTT club outfit, complete with feather eyelashes and ridiculous shoes.

(Clockwise: Stargazer 45 feather lashes, Twirly Trinkets choker, Jawbreaker 'Persephone' dress, JC 'Scully' dupes via eBay, Hell Bunny 20" petticoat, Leg Avenue tights, Orchard Corset CS-411 underbust corset, Barry M lipstick in 39.)

My image titles on here are always crazy long. Gotta get dem Google hits. Anyway, I am in love with basically everything on this page, but in particular, the Jawbreaker 'Persephone' dress is just so gorgeous that I'm almost sceptical that it wouldn't look that good in real life. The petticoat underneath is just DREAMY and corset would give everything a lovely shape. The fishnets are just kindling to my Gothic fire and the shoes ... Ah, the shoes. I'm rubbish at heels, so why do I want these? I blame Hannah, as per always. I probably wouldn't team those lashes with black lipstick but they just looked good. Though having finally mastered false lashes on Saturday night after literal years of crippling inability/despondency/laziness I am definitely in the market for a few utterly mental pairs to make me look like the creep I am. Having seen the outfits on Saturday, however, I'm definitely confident that this would fit right in.

Eventually I will post something on here that is not a collage but until then, I hope you enjoy this and if you're curious, the song lyric is Assemblage 23, an industrial band I am getting into a lot.

Good luck if you're doing exams(!!!) and I look forward to another update in my upcoming abundance of free time.

P. S. Excuse my hack job on the Twirly Trinkets choker ... I tried, Penny. I tried. <3

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

February & March 10x10 Update

Hello! Today I'm sharing my progress throughout February and March in my self-imposed 10x10 makeup challenge. You can read about the rules here, and last month's update here.

I managed to use up another product in both January and February, bringing my total to 6 which I am very pleased with! This is way ahead of my schedule for using up 10 products throughout the year and I hope to keep it up.


The first product I finished was Topshop's Brighten highlighter in 'Moonlight', which was only okay. It did its job, but I need a more opaque concealer for under my eyes as I have hereditary dark circles. It does employ the YSL-style brush applicator, which I enjoy using, but no products like these seem to provide me with the coverage I need. The next product was Boots Seventeen's Doll'd Up mascara, which is fabulous. I really love the separation it gives to my lashes; I actually get a very similar effect to the Benefit They're Real! which thrills me as I can justify a £19.50 mascara less and less with each passing day.

Now, for the February and March purchases. I am happy to say that although I did buy makeup in the last two months, I spent just £25.97 on 6 items. My face powder was running low and I had just finished my mascara, so I took advantage of the Boots 3-for-2 offer and picked up the Maybelline The Colossal mascara (the yellow leopard tube?), a Collection face powder to try, and got a free nail polish which I'm obviously not including here. I also used my Boots points to buy a Revlon Matte Balm (I chose 'Shameless') as I couldn't get it anywhere during the 3-for-2 offer, so I'm not including that here. The other items I bought were three of the MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquers that I mentioned in my last post. I chose 'Reckless', 'Funk', and 'Kooky' and have loved each one. Finally, I purchased a Barry M lipstick after a friend at uni was wearing it and the colour looked lovely: number 146 'Dolly Pink'.

So, that leaves me with either 4 items left for the year, or £74.03 to spend. I think the latter feels more likely. ;)

I've been so happy with my progress this year, so thank you for taking the time to read about it. I'll be back on here soon with some exciting flat-related things, as I get the keys on Friday!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hello Kitchen

 TK Maxx has been awesome for me when I've been shopping for homeware. One of my favourite departments is kitchenware, as you can get some nice, high-quality items and well-known brands for a decent price. I regularly see Joseph Joseph and Thermos items, and they always have great quality pots and pans. I live an exciting life. The other night I was just in my smaller, local store, so I wasn't expecting to find much when I stumbled upon these adorable Hello Kitty things!

I feel like every alternative girl has a soft spot for Hello Kitty. As my friend Meesh says, how can something without a mouth be so cute?! I did a little scurry-march over to the aisle and picked up this set of two biscuit/cake tins for £4.99, and these ceramic cannisters (which I will use for tea, coffee and sugar) for £2.99 each!

My kitchen colours are currently a rather predictable black, white and grey so I think the pink in these will be a really fun addition. ^_^ I've packed up the majority of my new house things, so I'm looking forward to moving more than ever now so that I can share some more of the thoroughly odd things I've collected.