The latest contributor to my Proust questionnaire series is Ayden Millar, a Scottish lifestyle blogger based in Glasgow. I came across her Little Blog Of Horrors when I was browsing Glasgow blogs and was immediately impressed by the the fabulous mix of content, how well written it was, and how striking the photographs were. (Actually, to be honest, what first impressed me was how flipping cool she was.)
Ayden’s blog started life as a university project when she was studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) where she was encouraged to keep an online journal of her work, experiences and reflections. Once she discovered the fashion, beauty and lifestyle community which existed online, it started to develop into something much more personal and less uni related. Seven years later, she works freelance in the art department for the TV industry and updates her blog regularly.
On the Little Blog of Horrors you can find everything from fashion to makeup, hair and skin care, tattoos (Ayden has some cracking tattoos), and her favourite places to eat, drink and play in Glasgow and beyond. Here she obligingly and honestly answers my rather intrusive questions, introduces me to a poet and an artist that I didn’t know (but probably ought to have), and reveals her slightly unsettling obsession with zombie apocalypse scenarios and her shameless delight in bbq sauce stuffed-crust pizza (who even knew that was a thing?).
1. What was the first music that you ever paid for?
The Spice Girls’ Album, ‘Spice’ in 1994.
2. What was the most recent music that you paid for?
A cheeky wee pre-order of my boyfriend’s band’s latest self-titled album, Alburn.
3. What was the most recent book you read?
A Mindfulness Guide For The Frazzled by Ruby Wax.
4. What is your favourite novel?
The Beach by Alex Garland.
5. Who is your favourite poet?
6. Who is your favourite artist?
7. What is your favourite museum?
Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow.
8. What would you spend your last tenner on?
Probably dog food for Bronson and cat food for Dexter & Binx. I always wonder what would happen to them if a zombie apocalypse were to occur. Like, how long could I keep them fed and alive for?! Seriously. The thought of it keeps me up at night.
9. What talent would you most like to have?
I’ve always wished that I were a good singer.
10. What trait do you most deplore in yourself?
I am such a worrier and have been even since I was a wee girl.
11. What trait do you most deplore in others?
12. On what occasions do you lie?
Haha, see above! I try not to. Even wee white lies. The guilt would just consume me.
13. What’s your idea of perfect happiness?
To be completely comfortable in my own skin.
14. What is your idea of the depths of misery?
Living a life in fear, with restrictions (physically and mentally) and not being able to be your own true self.
15. What is your biggest fear?
Again, the above! Not being able to be myself. Oh, and the people I love dying (and my animals).
16. What is your favourite journey?
The drive up north to The Drovers Inn or Rest And Be Thankful. Scotland is just bloody breathtaking.
17. What is your most treasured possession?
18. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pizza, hands down! With bbq sauce and a stuffed crust. I’m not even sorry.
19. Which living person do you most admire?
20. What was the last gig you went to?
Brand New and Biffy Clyro at The Hydro.
21. If you had to be an animal, what would you choose to be?
Probably a sea turtle. Floating around the ocean for years would be amazing. I just wish we would stop filling it with plastic.
22. Do you believe in ghosts?
If I say no, will an evil demon come to haunt me and teach me a lesson?
23. Is there anyone you would trust with your biggest secret?
Three people who essentially know more about me than I know about myself.
24. Where would you most like to live?
Scotland. I love it here. Perhaps a more leafy and sleepy village one day. Right now the city satisfies all my ‘late-twenty-something’ needs.
25. Where would you go if you needed to hide?
I have a very overactive imagination so I’m already thinking about that angry demon I need to hide from, along with a safe house for the zombie apocalypse. I’m yet to find the perfect location but it would definitely be somewhere out in the sticks.
Want to read more from Ayden, discover Glasgow through her eyes, or check out her style tips and fabulous tattoos? Find her at Little Blog of Horrors or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or YouTube.