21 Nov 2015

Saturday Share #14

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20 Nov 2015

Thoughts On Travelling Solo

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Going it alone isn't something I'm a often fan of. As much as I love my own space to hide out in my room and relax, having to be out in the "real world" alone fills me with dread, so I was slightly surprised by my decision to visit Liverpool by myself.

When the day itself rolled around I was pretty nervous. I could cope with the travelling part, I love nothing more than getting stuck in to a good book or watching the world zoom by on the train, but what about when I got there? What if I couldn't find the hotel? Would they understand my accent? Would I understand their accent?!

Well, I did get lost on the way to the hotel, but Google Maps was my saviour. The locals that I interacted with seemed to be able to understand my accent perfectly well, and I remembered why I love the Liverpool accent so much.

I loved the freedom of being able to choose what time I got up (early), what I wanted to spend the day doing, what attractions I wanted to visit and what time I wanted to head to bed (again early), but I'm still not sure I love solo adventures.

Having time to myself - to indulge in whatever I saw fit and at my own pace - was amazing. I hadn't quite realised how much it was needed! However I found myself wishing I could share my experiences with someone, that I had a partner in crime to run around the city like mad with and have a giggle at just how much that tour guide looked like someone in a TV show I like.

For me though, the real issue was food. I've never really thought twice about seeing people eat alone, but when it came down to it I just couldn't face the thought of people watching as I ordered the cheesiest thing on the menu, or the servers asking me if I was waiting on someone. I thought this would be fine for me - as it's not like me to let something get in the way of me & food - but instead I yearned for someone to debate the menu with, or someone to order chips that I could steal. It seems like such a trivial thing, but despite my love for eating out, eating out alone is definitely not for me.

So, after giving it a go I think I've come to the conclusion that maybe day trips are the way forward. Or maybe I should just plan ahead and make sure I have company for all meals? Who knows. At least I tried it out, that's more than I ever thought I would do!

Why does food always rule my life?!
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18 Nov 2015

Massive Tiger Haul

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Tiger Stores Haul | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I am the kind of person who is totally sucked in by cute-yet-mostly-impractical things, so shops like Tiger are a total Aladdin's Cave for me. When I was invited in to check out the Glasgow store recently I was overwhelmed with excitement for Christmas and ended up coming away with a bag full of festive bits and bobs, as well as some adorable homewares and a surprisingly durable umbrella.

You can see everything I got in my haul video, but let's just say that I'm already planning a return visit once I'm well enough! The crafty pieces and Christmas decorations are making me so excited to get a bit creative and I've got a few DIY ideas up my sleeve. It's been a while since I felt inspired to be more creative in a non-digital format, so I'm looking forward to it.

As well as my ribbons and glittery accessories I picked up a couple of little stocking fillers that were too cheap to resist. I love getting little extras for people's presents and being on a budget, Tiger has been a total saviour so far this year.

I actually can't explain enough how grateful I am to Tiger for inviting me in to explore the new stock in store, it was a pretty surreal moment getting to work with one of my favourite shops! You can find your closest Tiger Store here and be sure to check back for some crafty Christmas fun in the coming weeks.

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16 Nov 2015

After a hurricane comes a rainbow

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Moveit Video Lookbook Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Moveit Video Lookbook Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Moveit Video Lookbook Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Moveit Video Lookbook Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Moveit Video Lookbook Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Moveit Video Lookbook Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Moveit Video Lookbook Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Jacket - Sainsbury's / T-shirt - Primark / Skirt - H&M
Necklace - Claire Barclay Draws / Bag - Warehouse

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to take part in a project that I'd been admiring on YouTube called moveit, a "Humans Of New York"-esque lookbook that focused on showcasing real people and their style. I was pretty excited about taking part, and now that my video is live I'm totally amazed by how it turned out!

This little textured jacket from Sainsbury's Tu Clothing range has been so easy to throw on for those rare occasions when I actually leave my house. It's the perfect mix between casual and dressy, making it my go to on the days that it isn't raining - which are sadly few and far between at the moment! The weather has taken a total turn recently and it's horrible. I've been in full on hibernation mode - with plenty of snacks of course - and only leaving the house when really necessary.

In a way, I guess it's kind of lucky that I'm going in for surgery tomorrow! It's the perfect excuse to lie in bed doing nothing but watch Netflix and snooze the days away. I don't talk about my health too much on my blog, maybe I will in the future, but I'm really hoping this surgery will be kind of life changing. It sounds odd to say, but it would just be nice to feel a bit more normal. I've got some content scheduled so it won't be completely quiet on here whilst I'm recuperating, but I'm going to try stay away from the temptation of whiling away the hours on my laptop in favour of some proper rest and relaxation.

I'm not going to pretend I'm not scared about tomorrow. I think surgery will always be a worrying thing, but I'm trying my very best to see the silver linings. I'm lucky that this is an option for me, and although I've been waiting such a long time for proper answers or actions, it's happening now. It just goes to show that things do get better!

I'll see you on the flipside ;)

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14 Nov 2015

Saturday Share #13

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13 Nov 2015

A/W at River Island (PLUS £100 GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY!)


Each time the weather changes I'm taken aback by how unprepared my wardrobe is and I can't help wonder why this keeps happening every single season. I live in the second wettest city in the UK (wheeeeeey Cardiff!) yet do not own a single jacket with a hood, and seriously lack decent every day footwear. Despite all of this, I'd still much rather spend my hard earned pennies on a kick-ass pair of heeled boots and ankle grazing dungarees. It's a hard habit to break, but pretty will usually win over practical for me.

As per usual, I have a wishlist that is probably longer than I am tall but with Christmas looming it's making buyer's remorse all that more apparent. Why am I spending £50 on random copper pots and frilly socks when I should be buying presents and saving for my secret January trip?! Oh well, I'll probably just do it anyway.

One shop that I always find myself frequenting - particularly in A/W - is River Island. Their buying team must be mind readers, because they always seem to know what I want! River Island are launching a new store at Glasgow Fort this weekend and there's lots going on to celebrate. With so many great pieces in at the moment alongside a massive childrenswear department and a range of bags that I've been swooning over, I'm really excited to be able to offer a whopping £100 gift card to one lucky winner. That's clothes shopping, without the guilt!


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12 Nov 2015

Insanity Burger #KetchupCreations

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Insanity Burger Recipe | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Insanity Burger Recipe | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Insanity Burger Recipe | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Ketchup is a must have in my kitchen cupboard, it may seem insignificant to some but it's make or break for so many meals. I am one of those people who hate tomatoes, but loves that little red bottle of tomato goodness. Another thing I love is burgers, so when approached to make a ketchup themed recipe to celebrate the launch of Homeserve's new lifestyle blog - aptly titled Ketchup - I was pretty damn excited to see that my challenge was a gigantic Insanity Burger.

Ingredients
800g Mince
Olive Oil
Large red onion
Splash of white wine vinegar
Gherkins
4 Brioche burger buns
Bacon
American Mustard
Cheese
Iceberg lettuce
Mayonnaise
Tabasco
Worcestershire Sauce

Method
These burgers are far from complicated, but the finished product is pretty mouthwatering. To start, divide the mince in to four and roll in to a ball. Flatten each piece down to make the patty then chill in the fridge on an oiled plate until ready to cook.

In a small bowl I mixed together some ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard and a touch of Worcestershire sauce to make a burger sauce - which also works very well with sweet potato fries! Separately, I mixed some mustard with a dash of Tabasco to create a sort of glaze for the burgers.

Then, I sliced the red onion and decided to fry it on a low heat to soften it slightly. I added the white wine vinegar and a touch of salt before mixing it with a bit of the burger sauce to create a relish of sorts.

Whilst I was sorting out the rest of the meal, I tasked my brother with cooking the burgers. Luckily I live in a house of good cooks! He seasoned the burgers with olive oil, salt and pepper before popping them in to a large non stick pan to cook. After 1 minute, flip the burgers and brush the cooked side with the mustard & Tabasco mixture and wait another minute before repeating on the other side. Continue to flip the burgers until cooked evenly. Whilst this is going on, cook your bacon in a frying pan or on the grill to top the burgers.

Now, the burger assembly is a very delicate process. These guys are big and messy, with lots of juicy goodness that will probably spill everywhere. I gently toasted each half of a brioche bun in a grill pan, then coated the bottom half in some of the burger sauce. This was then topped with lettuce, the burger, bacon, gherkin, cheese and a big dollop of the onion relish before being finished off with a blob of tomato ketchup - what else?

You can check out some other ways to use ketchup in the kitchen over on the Ketchup blog. I'm thinking about adding it to my usual pulled pork recipe to see how that works out! Do you have any other yummy uses for ketchup?

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11 Nov 2015

Cake & Bake Show Edinburgh

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Cake and Bake Show Edinburgh | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion blog

Cake and Bake Show Edinburgh | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion blog

Cake and Bake Show Edinburgh | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion blog

Cake and Bake Show Edinburgh | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion blog

Cake and Bake Show Edinburgh | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion blog

Cake and Bake Show Edinburgh | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion blog

Cake and Bake Show Edinburgh | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion blog

Cake and Bake Show Edinburgh | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion blog

Cake and Bake Show Edinburgh | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion blog

Is there a better way to spend a Sunday than surrounded by cake? Well, being surrounded by cake and cheese might just count...

Back at the beginning of the month my mum and I headed through to Edinburgh to pay a visit to the Cake and Bake Show that was taking place in the Royal Highland Centre. Promising baking stars such as Great British Bake Off 2015 winner Nadiya Hussain and hundreds of mouth watering exhibitors it was one we couldn't miss.

Whilst the space itself was just a little bit cramped for my liking, we still had a wonderful afternoon  wandering round the hall sampling lots of sweet treats and watching plenty of demonstrations. The sheer amount of talent on display was pretty jaw dropping and made my attempts at baking feel a tiny bit inferior!

I did have a bit of a fan girl moment when Nadiya came on stage, I think she is absolutely brilliant and so down to earth. It was quite surreal seeing her bake in real life instead of in the tent, on screen! Other notable appearances included Norman Calder from GBBO 2014 (one of my favourites, ever, for good reason) and I believe Flora Shedden from this year's show was there on the Saturday too! I absolutely adore her blog so I'm kind of sad I didn't get to see her.

I like to think I was quite reserved in my purchasing, only buying some of my favourite cheese and an amazing brownie from The Brownie Bar, but it was so hard to resist everything that was on offer. There was a great range of kitchen storage, appliances and condiments on offer alongside the baking bits and bobs so there was a decent variety.

Overall, I'd say the day was a success, but we had bought our tickets at a discounted rate. I'm not sure how happy I would have been if I'd paid full price! I think that this was the first year the show has come to Edinburgh, so maybe it was a case of teething issues, but I think the space could have been handled better and there could have been a bit more variety in terms of the baking and supplies on offer. Sometimes I find cakes to be just a little bit boring - probably because I'm awful at decorating them - so I would have appreciated some other types of bakes on show for inspiration! Maybe I'll just need to work on my decorating skills instead...

The Cake and Bake Show is going to be in Manchester this weekend, so if you fancy checking it out for yourself you can grab all of the information here.
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10 Nov 2015

25 Days of #GeorgeChristmas

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Christmas Day Outfit | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion Blog

Christmas Day Outfit | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion Blog
Dress - George at Asda // Boots - New Look (old)

With Halloween and Bonfire Night out of the way I think it's a bit more acceptable to be thinking about Christmas. Apparently, feeling like the year is zooming by is a sign of getting older, but I can remember last Christmas like it was yesterday. I was a bit more prepared last year, whereas I can already foresee a last minute rush for this year!

Christmas is a bit of a funny thing in our family. Until a couple of years ago, we would usually spend our Christmas Day down in England with my family, but now various commitments and hectic work rotas mean that it doesn't always work out that way. We used to all spend a few nights in a holiday cottage not too far from Blackpool so would retreat to the local carvery for our Christmas Dinner - where sadly pyjamas weren't quite acceptable... Nowadays we tend to have a relatively quiet Christmas Day with lots of chocolate and arguing over board games but we do still dress up a bit for dinner when we eventually roll out of our pyjamas.

When George at Asda challenged me to find my perfect Christmas day dress from their range of party dresses I was instantly drawn to this festively coloured dress. With it's casual t-shirt style it's so easy to wear - and very accommodating of food babies - but the embellished neckline adds a touch of Christmas sparkle. My favourite kind of outfit is one that you can just throw on and feel comfortable in, but doesn't look slobbish! Because of that, I have quite a few dresses in this style as they're so easy to wear.

Throughout December George will be showcasing 25 stylish bloggers' ideal Christmas Day outfits on their website and I can't wait to have a nosey at what everyone else picks! I love hearing about how other people spend holidays like Christmas too, so if you have any weird or wonderful traditions let me know in the comments!

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9 Nov 2015

Liverpool Photo Diary

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Liverpool Photo Diary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion Blog


Liverpool Photo Diary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion Blog

Liverpool Photo Diary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion Blog

Liverpool Photo Diary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion Blog

Liverpool Photo Diary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion Blog

Liverpool Photo Diary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion Blog

Liverpool Photo Diary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion Blog

Liverpool Photo Diary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion Blog

Liverpool Photo Diary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion Blog

Liverpool Photo Diary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion Blog

Liverpool Photo Diary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion Blog

Liverpool Photo Diary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion Blog

Liverpool Photo Diary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion Blog

One of the things that has become apparent with my friends heading back to university and my boyfriend starting a new job is that my year out is going to involve a lot of doing stuff alone. Basically, one of my worst fears! However in an unexpected twist from me, I've decided to embrace this new circumstance and try to make the most of my own company. Don't get me wrong, I do often yearn for a night to myself, but I also like to have other people around me to gently push me in the right direction...

That being said, I'll save the rest of my thoughts on travelling solo for another post, and instead get back to the point of sharing my trip to Liverpool! During the summer I penned a piece about the Edinburgh Book Festival for the Travelodge blog and in return I was offered two nights in a Travelodge of my choice. It was a pretty tough decision, but with £20 return tickets I settled on visiting Liverpool. Having spent many a weekend - and the first few years of my life - just down the road in Manchester it might be surprising that I'd never got round to visiting Liverpool, and I'm kind of annoyed it took me so long.

Armed with a map, my camera and a kick ass playlist consisting of acoustic Taylor Swift covers, 80s pop rock hits and songs I loved as a teenager I set off to make the most of my 48 hours in the city.

When I arrived on the Monday night it was dark, cold and so foggy that it felt like I had stepped off the train on to the set of a Stephen King film. I set off to find my hotel, so I could relax for a little bit and have that essential cup of tea before heading out to explore my surroundings. This proved difficult, thanks to the aforementioned fog, and so after a little wander around the shops and the docks I ended up resigning to an early night with my book in my marshmallow bed.

It's safe to say that after a good night's sleep and a belly full of breakfast the next day got off to a much better start! When researching what I wanted to do in the city I came across a free walking tour that took place every morning, so I signed myself up and trotted off to explore the city. My guide, Philip, knew so much about the city and was bursting with an energy that left me buzzing! After a long three hours wandering around the best sights in the city, I was pretty exhausted. I grabbed some lunch with Emma, who also showed me some more of the city, before grabbing some Chinese food and settling back in to my room for the night - armed with plenty of snacks of course!

I knew that I had a lot still to fit in on my last day in the city, and with my train leaving at 4pm it was going to be a challenge. I spent the day running about ticking off attractions and managed to fit in a staggering two cathedrals, three museums, an art gallery, the library and the Chinese arch. My feet were numb after so much walking and I managed to rack up a staggering 27,000 steps in the one day.

Despite all of that, I still have enough that I want to visit to justify another trip back - which is definitely something I'll be doing. I was totally blown away by how much history there is in one city, with links to the slave trade, secret military bases, the birthplace of The Beatles and even a nod to the Titanic... it's pretty cool. Travelodge have shared a really cool feature on how Liverpool has evolved over the years on their website, which gives such an interesting insight in to the changes that have taken place there as well as just how much happened in this one city. You can see some more of what I got up to in my travel vlog and over on my Instagram.

Have you ever been to Liverpool?
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7 Nov 2015

Saturday Share #12

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6 Nov 2015

Stuck in my head, stuck in my heart

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New Look Petite Jeans | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion Blog

New Look Petite Jeans | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion Blog

Top - Internacionale // Jeans - New Look // Shoes - Vans
Necklaces - Not On The High Street (similar) & Thomas Sabo

Well would you look at that? My first outfit post in far too long! It was never intentional, I'm just ridiculously fussy about my outfit photos and more often than not hate the ones I take myself. I've not been feeling the most confident in my "style" recently which I suppose has had an impact too. Yesterday I decided to suck it up and headed in to the garden with my tripod - so I'm pretty damn happy to say that there's a few more outfit posts on the way! 

When I was asked to pick a pair of jeans from New Look as part of their new Jeans Fit campaign I thought I'd go for a subtle nod to my wannabe emo kid days in high school, whilst simultaneously jumping on a fashionable bandwagon, with this ripped knee pair. For years I'd hated shopping for jeans, but in the past few weeks I've managed to find not one, but two perfect pairs. With more retailers releasing petite ranges it's made my life a whole lot easier, and now I can finally own a pair of ripped jeans where the holes don't sit on my shins! Short girl problems... 

I'm now on the hunt for the perfect green toned checked shirt to wear with these for the ultimate wannabe grunge look. I definitely feel at home in a pair of jeans and battered Vans! Back in the day I used to fancy myself as a bit of an emo kid, and would often be found wearing coloured skinnies with a band tee of choice (usually Paramore, All Time Low or We The Kings) and overly back-combed bright red hair. Yeah, I was cool.

In the spirit of my usual outfit posts, I figured I'd update you all on what's going on for me at the moment. This week I spent a couple of days exploring Liverpool by myself which was really fun, albeit nerve-racking, and now I'm getting stuck in to lots of content planning for the next few weeks. 

If you don't follow me on Twitter then you might have missed me mentioning that I'm actually having surgery a week on Tuesday. I'm a bit nervous but it's been a long time coming and is actually the best thing for me at the moment, but as a result I'm going to be spending a good few days hanging out in bed with my Netflix account and don't really want to be worrying too much about my blog whilst doing so. I've also been trying to upload two videos a week to my YouTube channel, so I've got that to think about too! The sensible thing would be to just take time off, but I have a stupid habit of stressing out about leaving it all to wither whilst I'm lazing about...

So, that's what's been going on lately! Has anything exciting been happening for you? Tell me about your week and be sure to let me know if there are any blog posts or videos you'd like to see!

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