31 Aug 2016

Because We're Having Such A Good Time

#ThisIsNewLook This Is New Look Style Inspiration Gallery | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
#ThisIsNewLook This Is New Look Style Inspiration Gallery | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
#ThisIsNewLook This Is New Look Style Inspiration Gallery | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Body and Trousers - New Look; Bag - Quiz
Watch - House of Florrie; Necklace - Thomas Sabo
Shoes - Adidas 

Something about the end of August, start of September period always screams "fresh start!" for me, probably due to the fact that for sixteen years of my life it's always brought the start of a new school year. As of Monday my classes will have started and I'll officially be a student once again, which to me feels like the perfect time to try out some new things.

This year has been all about "finding my style", and I've lamented before about my love for trousers despite them just not loving me back. My short frame and big hips often mean that trousers aren't the most flattering choice for me, so aside from throwing on a pair of jeans I usually steer clear - much to my dismay. After browsing the #ThisIsNewLook style gallery for a spot of inspiration I found myself yearning for these tie waist tapered trousers and in a short burst of confidence, I decided to give them a go. Anyone can upload a photo to the gallery, so it's a fantastic place to head if you're needing some ideas for your wardrobe or if you have an outfit you want to share yourself.

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29 Aug 2016

Postcards from Paris - Part 3

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Paris Photo Travel Diary Summer Eiffel Tower What To Do | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Paris Photo Travel Diary Summer Eiffel Tower What To Do | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Paris Photo Travel Diary Summer Eiffel Tower What To Do | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Paris Photo Travel Diary Summer Eiffel Tower What To Do | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Paris Photo Travel Diary Summer Eiffel Tower What To Do | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Paris Photo Travel Diary Summer Eiffel Tower What To Do | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Paris Photo Travel Diary Summer Eiffel Tower What To Do | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Paris Photo Travel Diary Summer Eiffel Tower What To Do | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Catch up on part one and part two of my trip to Paris


After a hectic day at Disney, we had a slightly later start on our last full day in Paris. We had one main plan for the day and that was heading up to the very top of the Eiffel Tower, and so after a lazy breakfast on our balcony, we hopped on the metro over to the hub of activity at the bottom of the iconic landmark. In an ideal world, we would have woken up bright and early and been ready to climb the tower before the melting heat of the afternoon sun had started beating down on the winding queues, but instead, we stood baking in the throng of people waiting to jump in the lift.

The queue did move relatively quickly, however, and before we knew it we were taking in the jaw-dropping 360° view of the city. We were really lucky with our weather when we were in the city, and although it was a little bit too hot at times, we had a really clear day and the view stretched for miles. The sheer size of Paris is something I hadn't really anticipated, and it was only upon seeing it all from such a height that it really began to sink in.

We spent a good couple of hours soaking in the view from the top of the tower, venturing up to the highest platform to really make the most of it. It was jam packed, as much of Paris was during our visit, and after we'd had our fill of the incredible sights of the city we headed back to ground level and set off in search of lunch.

As the day drew on we grabbed lunch in a bar just off of Champs Elysees before I popped into a couple of shops, as I was never going to visit Paris without just a small spot of shopping. I treated myself to a box of macarons from the infamous Ladurée, a few bits from Sephora - albeit slightly limited by hand luggage restrictions - and a quick spin around the Disney store in search of even more Marie merchandise.
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26 Aug 2016

Back To School Buys

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I've said it before and I'll say it again, I do not need an excuse when it comes to buying stationery. I have countless pretty notebooks that are lying blank because I can't decide what is worthy of their pages, but I can never resist picking up just one more...

With that in mind, a new term is a pretty good excuse to indulge my stationery addiction and treat myself to a few new bits of kit, which I've already made a start on by placing a little Typo order earlier this week! There's something about having new notebooks and pens that make me feel super organised, and I like that. Even if it's not really true!

Since buying myself a new laptop back at the start of the month I've been on the hunt for the perfect bag to carry it about for college without killing my back. My old laptop (may it rest in peace) was a pretty bulky machine, which was a bit of a nightmare to carry around with me. My new laptop is considerably lighter, as that was one of the main features I was looking for, but I still find myself leaning towards backpacks in order to save my shoulders a bit of stress. 

Starting college feels like a bit of a fresh start for me, I'm leaving behind the negative impact university had on me and starting anew, on a new course with new people in a city that I love so dearly. My classes start "for real" a week on Monday so I have a bit of time to get myself set up properly before I get thrown in at the deep end, but I'm feeling pretty excited about it all right now.




Are you heading back to school soon? Let me know what you like to treat yourself to in the comments below!

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25 Aug 2016

Postcards From Paris Part 2 - A Day at Disney

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Disneyland Paris Day Trip Summer 2016 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Disneyland Paris Day Trip Summer 2016 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Near enough the second I found out that I'd be going to Paris I asked Paddy if we could spend a day at Disneyland as part of the trip. We're both big kids at heart, so on the Tuesday morning we headed off to the train station and hopped on the train for a 35-minute journey out of the city to Disneyland Paris. I'd been to Disney once when I was a fair bit younger, but I only remember little bits and pieces of the trip such as the Armageddon ride in Disney Studios which scarred me for life and still gives me nightmares to this day... Yeah, I'm a bit of a wuss at times. I was so excited to see it all again as a slightly bigger kid and it did not disappoint.
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23 Aug 2016

10 Things You'll Only Understand If You're A Blogger's Boyfriend


After countless months of not-so-subtle hints I've finally talked my lovely boyfriend, Paddy, in to writing a little post about the life of a blogger boyfriend. 

Hi, I'm Patrick. You might remember me from such blog posts as 10 Happy Things, 72 Hours in Berlin and The Great Glasgow Burgerthon. Today I'll be sharing exactly what it's like to be a blogger's boyfriend (BB). We never asked to be part of this online life, but we are now whether we like it or not. Being a BB has its ups and downs, so here’s my list of “things you’ll only understand if you’re a blogger's boyfriend"...

1. “Will you take a couple of pictures for me?” really means  “can you take 100 more because I’m not sure about these ones, but I’ll eventually use the first 5. K thanks.”

2. 
Having to wait 5 minutes before each course of a meal so that the perfect picture can be taken (come on, I’m hungry over here!!!)

3. 
But you massively appreciate the fact that sometimes this does involve free food, trips and drinks. So it’s not ALL bad.

4
. When you get up at 7, go to work, come home at 6 and before you get a word in she tells you how rough a day it's been drinking tea in her PJs all day by the computer while You’ve Been Framed has been on in the background all day. (not to mention cuddles with the cat)

5.
 Being rudely awoken to a Snapchat story of unwrapping something they’ve been sent. Listening to a song in the car? NOPE. Let’s get a walk through of the hotel someone is staying in. If only looks could kill when you questioned what she was doing...

6. 
On that note, you're expected to know who and what she is talking about when she mentions a blogger friend as if you’ve known them as long as she has.

7. 
BUT. You know she’s met some really cool people through the blog, became more outgoing and confident, and it’s something she loves so you’re okay with that.

8. 
You’ll often get to do things that you wouldn’t have planned doing before like visit Keswick, go to Airspace & Go Ape and find new places to eat like here and here.

9.
 You’ll FINALLY give in and write a post like this after 8 months of dropping hints and 3 months of pestering.

10. 
Lastly, you’ll know you need to support and encourage even when it’s not going as well as she expected because she’s your girlfriend and that’s just what you do.

After dealing with this for 6 years now, I’ve even set up my own blog. It’s mostly about football, music, food and beer. It might not interest you guys but hey, the other blogger's boyfriends might like it.
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22 Aug 2016

Postcards from Paris - Part 1

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Paris Photo Diary Bus Tour Boat Trip Summer 2016 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Paris Photo Diary Bus Tour Boat Trip Summer 2016 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Paris Photo Diary Bus Tour Boat Trip Summer 2016 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Paris Photo Diary Bus Tour Boat Trip Summer 2016 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Paris is a city that I've always wanted to visit, and everyone has always told me I'd love. It seemed like a natural addition to my travel bucket list as it boasts not only an incredible food and fashion scene, stunning architecture and enviable views from many of the main monuments but also sits a mere 35-minute train journey from Disneyland Paris.

You may remember that I booked Paddy a trip to Berlin for his 21st birthday and he returned the gesture when my 21st birthday rolled around by surprising me with a trip to the city I'd had my sights set on for a good while now. A little over two weeks after my birthday we flew out to the city from Edinburgh and I finally got to see what all the fuss was about.

When we arrived on Sunday evening we were in the mood for something low-key after a day of travelling, so we headed up one of the many hundreds of staircases in Paris to the stunning Sacre Coeur which was luckily just a few minutes walk from our hotel. The church sits atop Montmartre and the steps in front of the building, whilst packed with tourists at peak times, benefit from a stunning view over the city. Around the church, you'll find little cobbled streets packed with street artists and cosy restaurants, as well as plenty of gift shops and patisseries. We spent our first evening wandering around the area before settling in for dinner and drinks in the jam-packed Place Du Tertre which has numerous restaurants to choose from.

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19 Aug 2016

Garlic, Bacon & Chorizo Fettuccine Recipe

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It's been a little while since I posted a recipe and in all honesty, I'm not sure why. I love cooking, baking and most importantly eating food so it's something I try to include in my blog as much as possible, but I suppose sometimes I just get carried away with the whole eating part and in turn don't get as much of the writing thing done... I need to work on that.

Over the past few months I've been testing and tweaking this recipe to come up with the perfect combination and I think I've finally nailed it. The beauty of this pasta dish is that it's actually really simple, with a basic tomato sauce being the basis of it, but it's jam-packed with flavour and a real favourite of mine at the moment. There are so many variations of this that you could make, so I'd just use my recipe as a guideline and add as much or of little as the ingredients as you'd like. Personally, I go for an eye-watering amount of garlic and as much chorizo as I can fit in, but you might prefer more chilli or maybe more veg!

Garlic Bacon Chorizo Fettuccine Pasta Recipe | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Ingredients (serves 2 with leftovers)
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
4 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 small white onion, 1 small red onion (diced)
1 teaspoon tomato puree
Sliced chorizo
Bacon (in strips)
Salt & pepper
Chilli flakes
Paprika
Basil
Lemon juice


Method

Start out by softening your onions in a little olive oil on a low-medium heat for a few minutes before adding the garlic and leaving for a couple more minutes. Once the onions are starting to look slightly transparent add the tin of tomatoes and the tomato puree before giving it a good ol' mix. At this stage, I like to add my chilli flakes, paprika, salt, pepper, basil & a splash of lemon juice then leave it to simmer on a low heat for 5-10 minutes whilst I get on with the rest of the meal.

Pop some pasta in a pan to boil - I love using fettuccine for this but it works well with gnocchi and penne too - then grab a small frying pan and heat some more olive oil. Use this oil to gently fry the chorizo and bacon releasing all of the yummy flavours into the pan. At this point, I like to use my hand blender to smooth out the sauce a little bit and get rid of some of the big chunks of tomato, but that's personal preference.

Once the chorizo & bacon are cooked and the pasta is just about ready I add the meat into the tomato sauce and give it a stir to distribute it as evenly as possible. You can take it off the heat at this point, and serve with your pasta of choice. Cheesy garlic bread is the perfect companion to this dish, but isn't it always?

Let me know if you give this a go - I'd love to hear what you think!

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17 Aug 2016

Six Years of Colours and Carousels

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Six Years Blogging Advice Lessons Learned | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

If my blog was a person, it would have started primary school by now. That's weird, right?

Okay, so you might be looking at my blog right now and thinking "Six years, really?! Yeah right, small fry", and you're not wrong. Sure, my blog isn't as glossy or as famous as other people who started at the same time as me, or even some who have started a whole lot more recently, and there are days where that thought fills me with fear, but I love my blog. I'm proud of my blog. My blog has always been a hobby, a part time on the side sort of thing, and making the leap into full-time blogger territory is something I've never seen as all that viable, or all that appealing if I'm honest.

For the past six years, my blog has been my escape from whatever's going on in the offline world, and I can't imagine enjoying it half as much as I do if I was relying on it for an income. Hey, I'm not going to rule it out completely, because as much as being my own boss would worry me I feel like being able to make a living from sharing my rambling thoughts online would be kind of cool.

I like to think I've learned a few things in the past six years, thanks to my blog, and if you'd known me pre-blog then I think you'd agree. Having a blog has not only given me some very valuable skills and brought incredible people into my life (such as Hayley who bought me this fantastic t-shirt for my birthday) but it's also boosted my confidence in a way I'd never imagined and really helped me find my self-worth - which is a very important thing.

Not everyone understands blogging, and that's okay, but I don't know where I'd be without my blog and the internet in general. I'd be lying if I said it hadn't changed my life for the better, so it can't be a bad thing right? Sure, it might seem weird that I share my life and bare my heart and soul on the internet for all to see, but it's just who I am now. I love documenting my life and sharing the things that make me smile, the things that I'm passionate about and the things that make me want to dance around my kitchen in my pyjamas.

My blog has brought me some incredible opportunities which is something I'll be eternally grateful for. I still can't believe that I've actually kept it up this long, and that people actually care about what I have to say. I'm wildly in love with blogging - even if we do have our fall outs from time to time - and I wouldn't change what I've experienced in the past six years for the world. I've made friends for life, organised my own blogger meet up and raised over three hundred pounds for charity, I've worked with brands I could only dream of and it's all because I'm a chronic over-sharer who likes taking photos of food.

I started this blog as a fifteen-year-old girl sitting in her bedroom wanting to talk about the clothes she wished she could buy, and here I am six years later still at it. This blog has seen me through so much, some real ups and downs, and I think it's a friendship that's made to last.

Here's to the next six years, wherever they might take me!

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15 Aug 2016

The ASOS Edit: Paris Edition

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So apparently I'm drawn to red right now? I hadn't realised it before now, but looking at my most recent ASOS picks it's kind of hard to miss.

I'm always coming up with shopping lists in my head and I'm the kind of person who can't book a holiday without dreaming of a new wardrobe to match. The sensible part of my brain is telling me that I don't need to buy anything new because I'm only going to be in Paris for five days and I have enough in my wardrobe as it is, but my inner shopaholic is already at the checkout. It doesn't help that we're travelling with just hand luggage so I need to be a bit more sensible with my packing choices, either.

I'm loving tailored trousers right now, and have even bought my very first pair of culottes, but in a stark contrast I'm also finding myself getting right back into girly dresses with lots of flirty flounce. I've ordered the red bardot dress in the middle - it was too much of a bargain to resist - and I'm waiting patiently for the Minnie Crossbody to come back in stock as it'll be perfect for our day trip to Disney.

I should probably have a look through my wardrobe and pick out some things I already own first, but the second I spot any potential gaps in my perfect Parisian dream these beauties will be heading straight into my basket...


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12 Aug 2016

Returning To Student Life

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Preparing For Student Life Going Back To College Student Benefits | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

When I decided to drop out of university at the start of last year I’d expected to just be out of education for the summer; a few months tops. However after a slightly longer than intended break my impending return to higher education has crept up and now I’ll be starting my new course in a matter of weeks. I’m mostly excited because my new course sounds like the perfect fit for me, but there’s a niggling part of me that can’t help but worry about being fully prepared for starting all over again. A year might not seem like a long time, but when it comes to college and university there are so many things to prepare for - especially seeing as I’m going to continue working at both my part-time job and on my blog too!

Preparing For Student Life Going Back To College Student Benefits | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I suppose the biggest adjustment will be getting back into the way of learning, which in all honesty I’m actually really looking forward to. I love the education environment and I always knew that I wanted to return to learning at some point, so I’m really excited to get stuck into lectures and tutorials. Studying, exams and reports maybe not so much, but I’m sure it’ll only take a few weeks to get back into the swing of things! I’m hoping that it’ll help having a real interest in the topics I’ll be studying which include digital imagery, copywriting and consumer behaviour.

One of the best things about being a student again is being able to make the most of the student-only deals, like discounts in my favourite shops and student bank accounts. Royal Bank of Scotland’s Student Account boasts a whole host of benefits including a free National Express Coach Card which gets you 1/3rd off National Express tickets. My Coach Card got a lot of use when I was studying in Aberdeen as I travelled home with National Express every. single. weekend. Those pounds add up! You can even get 10% off coaches to Europe too if you fancied a little continental adventure on the cheap, bonus. Royal Bank of Scotland’s Student Account also allows for an interest-free planned overdraft which is an absolute lifesaver when it comes to those unexpected costs just before payday. Why are those books always so expensive?!

It’s no secret that I love shopping and can never resist some cute stationery so I take great delight in being able to slightly justify my obsession. Writing things down helps keep my brain organised and I’m definitely the kind of person who learns better from writing notes. I can see a lot of Paperchase visits happening, especially seeing as my campus is just a few minutes walk from the Glasgow store! Royal Bank of Scotland’s Student Account also comes with online banking that can be accessed from your app in seconds with just your fingerprint, which is very handy for a serial shopper like me who needs to keep on top of her sending. This year, however, my shopping habit has gone one step further to celebrate starting a new course and I've treated myself to a new laptop to help me keep up with both college and my blog on the go - as opposed to relying on having access to my desktop. A big splurge, but I think it’ll make a difference and hopefully make life a little easier!

Preparing For Student Life Going Back To College Student Benefits | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

That leads quite nicely into the thing I’m probably most worried about - time. I feel like I’m only now getting used to my current routine after starting a new job at the beginning of the year and it’s all about to change! It’s going to be a big adjustment fitting yet another thing into my schedule - especially something as important as college, so I’m preparing myself for a little bit of upheaval whilst I get settled in. It’s fair to say that my blogging schedule will probably be a little disjointed as a result of this, but isn’t it always? Change can be such a good thing and all of the excitement for starting a new course is definitely overriding the slight anxiety surrounding it.

It’s going to be strange starting again and having to get to know a whole new set of course-mates, a new campus and an entirely new syllabus but I am so excited to get stuck back into it all. Now I just need to perfect my college wardrobe, which will hopefully be a whole lot easier without the added pressure of studying a fashion related course, and try to figure out how to tone down my sarcastic sense of humour so I don’t scare any potential new pals off on the first day…

Do you have any tips for returning to education again?


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10 Aug 2016

Glasgow Burgerthon: Bread Meats Bread

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Bread Meats Bread Glasgow Burger Tour Burgerthon Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

An impromptu date night for Paddy & I nearly always involves some sort of burger, so when we decided to make the most of an otherwise empty Monday evening and head to the cinema we figured we may as well throw in a trip to Bread Meats Bread for another installment of The Great Glasgow Burgerthon while we were at it.

Bread Meats Bread was - in my eyes - one of the forerunners when the burger craze first seemed to hit Glasgow. I've been a few times before, and you can read my original review here, but I hadn't actually paid them a visit since the menu was revamped. That's the problem with always wanting to try new places - it's difficult to fit old favourites in! Regardless, it's easy city centre location drew us in and, after a spot of shopping, we headed over to grab a table.

Bread Meats Bread Glasgow Burger Tour Burgerthon Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

It says a lot about Bread Meats Bread that it's rarely quiet, and on this Monday evening, in particular, it was no different. We arrived slightly before 6pm hoping we might just be early enough to avoid the post-work rush, however, we still had to wait about 15 minutes for a table. This is pretty typical of Bread Meats Bread and something we know to expect, so it really wasn't an issue for us.

What was an issue, however, was the speed of service. I wanted to get this out of the way now because it was the only disappointing factor on the night and has never been an issue for me or Paddy on any of our visits to Bread Meats Bread, but it was kind of terrible. We had picked Bread Meats Bread because we thought it would be a quick eat, and the small size of the restaurant usually encourages a quick turnaround, but we were left waiting for far longer than we would've liked at each stage of the meal with us having to remind our server about drinks multiple times. The staff members are all a delight, though, and very apologetic. I'll put it down to being a busy night, but I feel like they should probably be used to that by now.

Bread Meats Bread Glasgow Burger Tour Burgerthon Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Bread Meats Bread Glasgow Burger Tour Burgerthon Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Disappointing part over, let's talk about the good stuff: the food. I found myself very tempted by some of the sandwiches on offer on the menu, especially the barbecue pulled pomegranate lamb with crispy onions and feta cheese, but for the sake of the Burgerthon, I went for my typical cheeseburger with onions. Paddy went one further - or should I say four further - and opted for the 4x4 Cali Burger with a meat-sweat inducing four patties stacked on one burger. This is pretty much his go-to order at Bread Meats Bread and it's actually kind of impressive how fast he can finish it - sometimes.

The burgers themselves are explosions of flavour - perfectly proportioned and perfectly seasoned to boot. You can instantly taste the quality of the meat and the buns are a whole lot more substantial than you might find elsewhere - yay for less mess! Not all of the burgers come with salad, which I like as I hate having to fish pieces of lettuce out of my burger, but if the burger you're after doesn't come served with some leaves and you're feeling desperate you have the option to order a side salad. Bread Meats Bread are not stingy with their cheese which is a massive bonus in my eyes! The burger sauce is the perfect accompaniment to their patties and makes an excellent dip if you should somehow have any left over.

Next time I definitely want to try out the Luther Burger, which is served on a glazed doughnut. Yup, you read it right.

Once again we made our usual mistake of thinking we were hungry enough to justify our own portions of chips, but as always we were wrong. One portion of chips would be plenty for two people unless you fancy trying the different toppings such as the mouthwatering maple syrup & coconut sweet potato fries (yeah, I know right?). I'd wholeheartedly recommend trying out some of their dips too, as the nduja mayo is to die for. It's meaty and smoky and flavourful and ugh. I wish I had some right now, even if I am writing this at eight in the morning.

Bread Meats Bread Glasgow Burger Tour Burgerthon Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

So overall, whilst the speed of service on the night did let them down we'd both still highly recommend paying a visit to Bread Meats Bread for a burger. Their menu might not be quite as big as some other burger joints in the city, but it still has an excellent amount of choice and I think the quality you're getting more than makes up for it!


She thought: Quality of burger 4, Variety available 4, Atmosphere & service 2.5, Value for money 5
He thought: Quality of burger 4.5, Variety available 4, Atmosphere & service 3, Value for money 4

Overall Bread Meats Bread scored 31 out of a possible 40 - the best score so far!

Check out the rest of the Glasgow Burgerthon to see how it compares

Bread Meats Bread is located at 104 St Vincent Street in Glasgow (new West End location opening soon, ooooh!) or 92 Lothian Road in Edinburgh

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8 Aug 2016

Currently Testing: August 2016

New Beauty Releases August 2016 Urban Decay MAC Wella Benefit The Balm | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
New Beauty Releases August 2016 Urban Decay MAC Wella Benefit The Balm | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
New Beauty Releases August 2016 Urban Decay MAC Wella Benefit The Balm | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

The new beauty pieces gracing my collection this month - featuring new releases and cult favourites from the likes of Urban Decay, Benefit, MAC & more

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5 Aug 2016

5 Blogger Babes Who Are Totally Killing It

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I've been reading blogs for roughly seven years now (whaaaaat) and writing my own for just a week shy of six years, so I guess you could say I'm pretty cemented in the blogging community. It's second nature to me to come home and catch up with my favourite blogs or spend a lazy Sunday morning scrolling through Instagram and getting stuck into beautiful snaps from other bloggers. It's a way of life more than anything these days, and I love every moment of it.

Having been into this community for so long I've discovered hundreds upon thousands of bloggers I love, so I thought I'd share a little round up of the blogger babes who I think are totally killing it right now. These are gals I seriously look up to and genuinely look forward to reading/watching/seeing the kick-ass content they produce on a regular basis. If you ever need a bolt of inspiration or even just a dose of on point chat then these are your gals, trust me.

5 Inspiring Bloggers  | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Hannah Gale is the kind of blogger I wish was my best pal, she's straight talking, sassy and won't shy away from important chat. To me, Hannah's blog is the ultimate go-to when I need a bit of reading material as she has the perfect mix of life, style, food & beauty - plus her Instagram is just perfect too. The word relatable gets thrown around a lot these days, but it's the first word that comes to mind when I think of Hannah and her blog. She gives off the perfect vibe and her content is always on point. Plus, her cats are downright adorable and we all know I'm a bit of a crazy cat kinda lady.

One of the first bloggers I ever followed, and one of the one's who made me think I could actually start a blog myself, was What Olivia Did. I've loved watching her grow into a blogging superstar and she deserves every single piece of her success. She works hard and absolutely smashes her posts, her style is beyond dreamy and her photography defines "goals". I hate using the phrase goals, but it's true. Liv is hilarious on social, especially Snapchat, and that blog design... daaaaaamn girl.

In a similar vein, I've been loving Kate La Vie for what feels like forever now. Starting out back in the gh0stparties days I've always been in awe of Kate's eye for beauty, style, and interiors. Her stunning flat gives me hope of finding the perfect property in Glasgow, and her photography styling is on a whole new level. Much like the other bloggers I love, she's got such a similar sense of humour to me and I love seeing what she gets up to in her weekly vlogs - if not mostly for Mouse.

If you follow me on Twitter then you've probably seen me tweet about how much I love Rhianna of Robowecop, so it was an absolute no-brainer that I'd be including her in this post. Rhi is absolutely smashing it right now, her posts are A+++ and you can always tell just how much work she puts into creating her content. She's so damn funny and I absolutely adore her YouTube channel. Notable mention goes out to her boyfriend Joe who blogs over at Northern Blood and is also worth checking out - you don't get as many male lifestyle blogs these days and Joe's is first class.

Last, but most certainly not least, is the beautiful Sophie Rosie. I think the best way to describe Sophie's blog is refreshing, and it's where I head if I need a dose of honest, girl to girl chat. Soph's blog is a little injection of happiness and I adore her outlook on life. Her style is killer and I always find myself full of wardrobe inspiration after checking out her fashion posts. If you fancy a spot of Instagram jealousy too, then make sure you check hers out as it's jam packed with stunning shots of her daily life and her recent trip to the beautiful Santorini.

Who are your go to blogging babes?

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2 Aug 2016

Turning 21

Turning 21 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Turning 21 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Turning 21 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Turning 21 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Turning 21 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Turning 21 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Turning 21 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Turning 21 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Turning 21 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Turning 21 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Turning 21 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I know you're probably fed up of hearing about my birthday now, but it's a well-known fact that I like to drag out my celebrations for as long as possible so you can stick it out for one more post. Well, probably more than one, but hey. I think this birthday has been a new record, however, as my birthday celebrations started out with me treating myself  to a trip to New York (and a fair few shopping trips), continuing with a visit to Maison De Moggy and a spot of afternoon tea before seeing a show with my mum last week.

My actual birthday was on Friday and the celebrations peaked with a big ol' party with my nearest & dearest, involving a few too many drinks and a hell of a lot of dancing. It's safe to say that I felt like a princess all day, especially with the sun making an appearance alongside my beautiful cake from Bearsden Bakery Co. and more foodie treats in the form of mouthwateringly delicious ice cream from Equi's Ice Cream which I devoured a whole tub of whilst sitting in the bath on Sunday evening.

Turning 21 isn't the biggest deal in the UK as not that much really changes, but 20 was a bit of a mixed year with a fair few difficult patches and I was desperate to celebrate getting through it. I had such an amazing time and have been totally blown away by the kindness of the people around me, I have an incredible support network and I don't know where I'd be without them.

In the spirit of stretching the celebrations out that little bit further, I'm going to be continuing the festivities well into August and finishing them up with a very exciting trip. My birthday present from my lovely boyfriend, Paddy, is a trip to Paris 12 days time and I cannot wait. I've never been to Paris (unless you count my mum's trip when she was pregnant with me) but it's a city I've been desperate to visit for years now, much like New York, and I can't wait to see it all for myself. If you have any recommendations of things to do/see/eat then please let me know!

I think I definitely ended July on a high, and I'm really excited to see what my first month of being 21 brings. August is also the last month of my unintentional gap year as I'll be starting my new course at the start of September, which is equal parts terrifying and exciting. I love this time of year, it's full of new starts and in Scotland we usually see some quite nice weather too... Fingers crossed.

Here's to new adventures! What are you looking forward to in August?

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