30 Sep 2016

New Look Edit

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What a surprise, I'm raving about New Look again... Well, is it any wonder when they're bringing out such gorgeous pieces?

I have a mixed relationship with New Look, but each Autumn I find myself drawn to them yet again. I think New Look absolutely kill it year after year when it comes to their AW range, and this year is no different. A quick look through the site brings up thousands of options for just about every style out there, with trend led seasonal pieces, on point accessories and good ol' basics to boot. Not only that, but New Look is pretty reasonably priced in comparison to some other high street shops. At the moment they have 20% off for students through Unidays, and I got paid yesterday, so it was only right that I filled up my basket with a few treats.

New Look Autumn Winter Student Discount Wishlist | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog


I'm heading off to Croatia next week for a much needed week of rest & relaxation, whilst also escaping the wild Scottish weather, so whilst a few of the things I picked up were holiday related and a bit too summery to wear at home, I have my eye on so many beautiful Autumn bits. I'm borderline obsessed with the current embroidery trend, as mentioned in my Autumn ASOS Edit, and I have to say that New Look are smashing it with their current selection! Bags, jeans, jackets, jumpers, shoes and more - you name it, they've got an embroidered version. I've always loved florals, so it feels like a slightly more grown-up way to bring them into my wardrobe this year.

True to form, there's also a few cat print pieces catching my eye. I don't think my "cat lady couture" phase will ever end, to be honest...

What's your favourite piece from my picks?

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28 Sep 2016

5 Cities in 5 Years

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I've been really lucky this year in that I've managed to tick some pretty big destinations off my bucket list. My bank balance may be crying, but my little travel bug heart is pretty damn happy. Next week I'm heading off for a slightly more chilled out break in Croatia, but we'll definitely be paying the city of Dubrovnik a visit whilst we're there. I think it'll be the last trip of the year, unfortunately, but it has got me thinking about the cities I want to visit in the years to come. My list is never-ending, with new discoveries being added all the time, but here are the top five on my list that I'm hoping to hit up in the next five years.
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26 Sep 2016

Time Management Tips For Bloggers

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If there's a skill that I've been putting to the test recently, it's time management. Since starting college at the beginning of the month I've been splitting my time between my course, my part-time job, my blog and my social life which has been tiring, to say the least, but I think I've managed pretty well. I mean, if I didn't keep going on about it would you have even noticed that I'd taken on yet another commitment for my schedule? Well, I think my incessant tweeting would have given it away anyway, but you get the point.

Juggling my time between so many aspects of my life has been a great test of my ability to prioritise and make the most of my time, so I figured I'd do what I do best and blog about it. I have to say it helps that I adore my blog to pieces, and find the whole process of blogging very enjoyable, whereas if I had been going through one of those recurring phases where I felt like I was forcing content out I probably would have just left this little spot on the web to gather dust for a while until I got myself out of the funk. It does happen, and I think it's because I am very guilty of burning myself out sometimes, so I'm hoping that by taking more care to manage my time efficiently it won't happen quite as much!

Rambling aside, here are some slightly more practical tips that I've found useful when trying to fit it all in. It is basically just me rambling about how I organise my life right now, so you have been warned.

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Be Prepared

Over the past few weeks, I've come to realise just how much time I can save by being a bit more prepared for the day or week ahead. On a Sunday night I try to set aside a little bit of time, maybe 20 minutes or so, to sit and look at my diary for the upcoming week and figure out what each task requires and where my free time is. I make a list of the things I'll need for the week, including lunch ideas and any homework that needs doing, then I set about preparing them or carving out some time to get them sorted as and when they're needed. Even little tasks such as planning an outfit the night before, packing my bag and sorting my lunches create these little pockets of time that mean I can work later and sleep a bit longer in the morning, spend a few spare minutes catching up on my inbox or just skip the queues in the canteen. Trust me, those queues are black holes when it comes to time.

I adopt a similar approach for my blog, but I'll talk about that a bit more in the next point...

Plan Ahead

So this is quite similar to the first tip but on a more long term scale. This is more important when it comes to planning my blog posts, which I've talked a little bit about before, but by taking a moment to sit and plan out my posts for the upcoming weeks I can really optimise my time in a way that makes me a whole lot more productive. By planning out my posts in advance they tend to stick in my mind more, and knowing what I want to write about means that I can maybe draft posts on my phone (or in my head) and bulk take the photos as soon as I have the time. Working out my calendar this way means I can usually get a little bit ahead of myself and my blog keeps on ticking away even if I'm having a night off. Basically, having a plan of action really suits me and my way of thinking. I like having lists to tick off and work through in a methodical manner, so adopting an organised approach like this helps a lot even if I'm secretly screaming internally about how much I have to do.

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Make The Most Of Little Moments

This has come in particularly handy with my new daily commute into college, as the rush hour traffic provides a little chunk of time where I have no choice but to sit on my bus and twiddle my thumbs. I try to use this time to read my book, as I find I can get through books at a relatively decent pace if I get in a bit of reading each morning, or if I've forgotten my book/I'm not generally feeling like reading I take to my phone to get a little bit of admin done. Be it replying to those emails that keep piling up, or scheduling a few tweets to get me through the week, having that forty minutes or so is a very welcome addition to my schedule. If I manage to get an early bus home and miss the traffic it can take as little as 15 minutes to get home, so that time tends to be a bit less productive and mostly used to scroll social media and see what I missed that day.

Case and point: this post. Right now, I'm sitting on my couch watching You've Been Framed. I've finished my college work and I have a day off tomorrow, I've just made a big ASOS order and I could quite happily head to bed right now but it's a little bit early. I just took a quick glimpse at my calendar, with my posts planned for the month ahead, and noticed that I had this post pencilled in for next week. I know that writing this now, in this spare moment, will help me save time, so even though I hadn't planned any blogging time tonight I'm going to smash this ramble out right here and now. 

Prioritise

A quick way to manage your time better is understanding how best to prioritise your tasks. Getting the most important stuff out of the way when you have the chance can be a huge weight off of your shoulders, and leaves more time for the fun stuff! When I get home from college the first thing I want to do is put my pjs on and grab a cup of tea, maybe watch some TV or play The Sims, but I know that my college work is important so instead I get it out of the way before I get comfortable. It's not my ideal task after a long day in classes, but it's sure as hell better than remembering that huge pile of homework just before I was heading to bed.

Right now, college is my top priority so it has to come first. If that means missing a day I'd wanted to post on or having to take on fewer hours at work, then so be it! Within my main priority lists, I have smaller, more specific priorities. For example, when it comes to my blogging priorities my posts are top of the list, followed by social promotion, then my inbox then comes things like catching up with my favourite blogs, spending some time on Pinterest, or just generally getting involved with the community. All of them are pretty high priorities for me, but that's just how they rank within the overall heading of blogging.

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Take Breaks When You Need Them

Quite possibly the most important tip of all is to know when you need a break. Like I mentioned earlier, I can get quite burnt out at times and in the past I've been guilty of not taking breaks when I need them. Taking a break isn't a bad thing, in fact, it's usually a really good thing, and in my experience, it really helps me to take a step back and just indulge in some good ol' me time. I schedule regular breaks into my weeks, and where I'd used to quite happily spend every single spare hour glued to my computer working on this here blog I'm now taking the time to get stuck into that book that's been sitting by my bed for weeks, or watching that show that everyone's been talking about, or even just taking a nap! It might not seem productive, but understanding what you need and when you need it is the best way to ensure an efficient way of working.

What really helps you make the most of your time? Leave your tips in the comments, I'd love to hear them!


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23 Sep 2016

Autumn ASOS Edit

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One of my favourite things about not studying fashion anymore is feeling like I can wear whatever the hell I want without worrying about it. Sure, I probably could have done that on my previous course, but I had this notion stuck in my mind that people would think I wasn't "worthy" of studying a fashion related course if my wardrobe wasn't bursting with trend-led pieces and I didn't look Pinterest perfect every single day. Now, however, I can turn up to class in leggings and a jumper and no one will even bat an eyelid.

I think this "freedom" as such has really helped me figure out what styles I like, and even though I do just wear jeans and t-shirts most days I'm feeling a lot more comfortable in my style for the days I decide to put a little more thought in to my outfit. The changing season probably helps as well, because I find it much easier to dress for colder weather than I do for sunshine!

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As always, there's still quite a lot of grey featuring in my wardrobe. I keep saying to myself that I need to wear less grey, but I'm always drawn to it so why shouldn't I? I've been trying to bring in some splashes of colour and often find myself picking out pink or blush tones, but in Autumn/Winter I do love a bit of green and burgundy too. I think the deeper colours in the later seasons tend to suit me a bit more than the lighter pastel-esque shades you often find in Spring/Summer, and I'm also loving the whole embroidery trend that's kicking about at the moment too.

P.S. That cat print tee is only £6.99, so get clicking before it's gone.

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21 Sep 2016

George #KnitwearCareClub

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George #KnitwearCareClub Knitwear Care Tips Storage | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
George #KnitwearCareClub Knitwear Care Tips Storage | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

 Jumper - George at Asda; Skirt - F&F (old, similar below);
Boots & Necklace - Primark

Knitwear is a bit of an all-year-round feature in my wardrobe, being blessed with the beautiful Scottish weather and all, but it's when the autumn rolls around that I really make the most of my collection. Colder weather is much easier to dress for in my opinion, and I absolutely love layering! This year I've actually got rid of a lot of my old tatty jumpers to make way for some new pieces and I'm so keen to actually look after them this time around, instead of letting them get in a near embarrassing state like my last lot. Handily, George at Asda have put together a little guide on taking care of your knits featuring little ol' me and some other fab bloggers, so I'm now armed with plenty of tips to keep them looking as good as new!



George #KnitwearCareClub Knitwear Care Tips Storage | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
George #KnitwearCareClub Knitwear Care Tips Storage | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
George #KnitwearCareClub Knitwear Care Tips Storage | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Otherwise, life is pretty much the same. I'm a busy bee at the moment and, in all honesty, I'm very impressed that I've managed to keep up my blog as much as I have whilst settling in to the routine of college. I think I'm finally getting used to it and figuring out how best to work my new schedule. I'm still loving the course too, which is such a bonus.

I feel like September has gone by nearly as quickly as it arrived, and October is just around the corner. October will be another busy month, but there's so many exciting things going on including a little week away in Croatia with Paddy and a trip down to Manchester with my mum too. A fair bit going on! I feel like as soon as October is out of the way it'll be near enough full on Christmas mode, which is crazy to think about because last Christmas still feels like yesterday. I'm looking forward to it though, because my surgery last year kind of blighted my Christmas spirit, so I'm planning on getting totally stuck in this time around!

What's up next on your calendar - anything exciting?


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19 Sep 2016

Hotel Declic Paris Review

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Hotel Declic Paris Montmartre Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Hotel Declic Paris Montmartre Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Okay, I know I said that this post would be my last post about our trip to Paris, but I found the photos for this post and realised I hadn't actually published the hotel review that I had written over and over again in my head. Honestly, if I had a pound for every time I think I've written a post that in reality, I've just written out in my head, I'd probably be able to afford those Kate Spade bags I dream of so fervently.

For our trip to Paris Paddy booked Hotel Declic in the Montmartre area of the city. The hotel claims to be the first of its kind in that it's a boutique hotel dedicated to photography. I certainly haven't seen any others, but who knows! I really liked the theme of the hotel, seeing as I have a strong interest in photography, so it was a great choice on Paddy's part.

It wasn't particularly central, being in the 18th arrondissement, however there is a metro station a few moment's walk from the hotel which easily connected us to all of the main tourist areas in Paris. The hotel is handy for the stunning Sacre Coeur and about 10-15 minutes in a taxi from the Moulin Rouge, so it's not completely out of the way. It's a nice area, and we really appreciated being close to the area around the Sacre Coeur as it was one of the spots we enjoyed most in Paris.

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16 Sep 2016

3 Ways To Style A Bodysuit

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Well, would you look at that, three outfit posts in one! How lucky are you, eh?

I love bodysuits right now, there's just something about the way they look that I find myself drawn towards and so I've added quite a few to my wardrobe over the past few months. The latest addition comes in the form of this bronze metallic bodysuit from Dundee-based boutique Mandi Candi. I hadn't heard of the brand before this, but ever since my first introduction I've been finding myself browsing the website every time I fancy a spot of shopping. Right now I'm desperately hoping for this mustard yellow biker jacket to come back into stock, as I think it would look absolutely gorgeous with this Hawaiian print playsuit.

Before I realised how versatile bodysuits are I was a little dubious as to how to style them, so in an attempt to be *informative* and *valuable* I thought I'd share three easy ways to wear a bodysuit, featuring some of my favourite wardrobe pieces at the moment.

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How To Style Metallic Bodysuit Mandi Candi Boutique Dundee | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
How To Style Metallic Bodysuit Mandi Candi Boutique Dundee | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Bodysuit - Mandi Candi; Trousers - New Look; Boots - Quiz

I wasn't joking when I said you'd be seeing a lot of these trousers. I can't get enough of them, and find myself wanting to wear them pretty much every single day. I think they're perfect for dressing up or down, and whenever I'm near a New Look I head in to hunt for the other colours too. I never thought I'd be a trouser kind of girl, but these have totally changed my mind.

Ankle boots wouldn't normally be my first choice with cropped trousers, but there's something about these faux suede bow ankle boots from Quiz that I can't get enough of. I'm loving that it's moving in to boots & tights weather, and I have my eye on these same boots in this beautiful grey colour too. I'm so excited to pair these with cute dresses in the winter!

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How To Style Metallic Bodysuit Mandi Candi Boutique Dundee | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Bodysuit - Mandi Candi; Skirt - George (old, similar below);
Shoes - New Look (old, similar below)

For my second outfit, I thought I'd go back to my skirt-loving roots. I haven't worn this black pleated midi in the longest time but I adore how the texture works alongside the metallic finish of the bodysuit. Paired with my go-to black heels when I need something easy to walk in, I thought this was a great evening look with a little bit of class.

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How To Style Metallic Bodysuit Mandi Candi Boutique Dundee | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
How To Style Metallic Bodysuit Mandi Candi Boutique Dundee | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Bodysuit - Mandi Candi; Jacket - George (similar);
Jeans - Dorothy Perkins; Trainers - Primark

Finally, a more casual look. I thought it might be a bit difficult to make a metallic bodysuit look "casual", but when paired with my classic black jeans, trainers and my suede jacket I think it works pretty well. I'd been on the hunt for a suede jacket for a while and was very pleasantly surprised to find this one from George. It's not on the website anymore, unfortunately, but it was only last month that I picked it up so it could be worth checking in store. I've included a couple of alternatives below, in case you can't find it!

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What's your favourite way to style a bodysuit like this?


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13 Sep 2016

Bigger Than a Miracle

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Paris Street Style Sightseeing Outfit | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Paris Street Style Sightseeing Outfit | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Paris Street Style Sightseeing Outfit | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Dress - Miss Selfridge (similar below); Bag - George at Asda
Sandals - M&Co (old, soz)

Okay, I promise this is the last post from Paris. Until my next trip, whenever that may be! It's been nearly a month since I went which breaks my heart, but if all goes to plan I should be chilling out by a pool in just three weeks time. Nothing is booked yet, which stresses me out a tad, but we'll hopefully snap up a little last minute deal and jet off to somewhere hot and sunny for some proper rest & relaxation!

I feel like all I've been wearing this summer, or at least blogging about, is white midi dresses. They're cute, okay? I don't wear much white outside of the summer months, so little white dresses always make me think of sunnier days. This dress was a sale find from Miss Selfridge, a brand I used to adore but hadn't really been feeling for the longest time. I found myself picking up quite a few things over the summer, and I'm really liking the look of their current collection so maybe our love affair has been reignited once more.

Meanwhile, it's my second week of college and so far I have to say I'm really enjoying it. It's early days, obviously, but the course genuinely excites me and I love my selection of modules for the semester. It's worlds away from how I was feeling at the start of my university course, and I'm really really really looking forward to what the rest of the course will bring.

One thing that has been a little bit of an adjustment, however, is the early starts all week and working all weekend. It'll take a while for me to settle into a routine, but let's just say I'm am pretty damn tired right now. I do like being busy though, so it's not all bad! I've been filling my spare time with dinners with friends (as per usual), a little trip to St. Andrews to catch up with my best friend, lots of books and a fair bit of TV also.

So yeah, that's my life right now. Busy, but happy! Entirely different to how I was feeling this time two years ago, which can only be a good thing.

What's going on in your life right now - anything exciting? Fill me in, let's catch up!




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12 Sep 2016

Salted Caramel Chocolate Brownies Recipe

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Brownie Recipe | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Salted Caramel Chocolate Brownie Recipe | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

When the salted caramel craze first took hold I wasn't particularly fussed. Despite my love of combining sweet and savoury, salted caramel just had no appeal to me as I'm not a big fan of salt in itself. Give me cheese and pineapple, cheese and digestives, cheese and chocolate... cheese and anything really, and I'm happy, but salt and caramel? No thanks. Now, however, I've seen the error of my ways. It was one of my colleagues actually, who helped me realise just how good salted caramel can be after she brought in the most delicious chocolate and salted caramel cake.

Since then I've been partaking in a fair bit of salted caramel indulgence, and when I noticed a few recipes appearing for salted caramel brownies I knew I had to give them a try myself. This is a bit of a mix of recipes that I've found on Pinterest, and after a bit of trial and error, I think I've really perfected them. I might even go as far as to say these are the best thing I've ever baked...

Salted Caramel Chocolate Brownie Recipe | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Salted Caramel Chocolate Brownie Recipe | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Salted Caramel Chocolate Brownie Recipe | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Salted Caramel Chocolate Brownie Recipe | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Ingredients

200g dark chocolate
150g unsalted butter
200g caster sugar
50g soft brown sugar
3 eggs
75g chocolate chunks
100g plain flour
200g caramel sauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Sea salt flakes

Method

Much to my waistline's dismay, these are so easy to make. To start, melt your butter and dark chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water until it's all mixed in. Once it's fully melted, mix in your sugar, vanilla essence, chocolate chunks, eggs and flour until combined. Pour into a lined baking tin and smother it in the caramel sauce. Sprinkle a few flakes of salt on top before popping it in the oven to cook at 180c for roughly 30 minutes. Leave to cool in the tray for another half hour before cutting into pieces. They should be a little bit gooey, a bit sticky and VERY chocolatey. They make the perfect treat when you're cosying up with a cup of tea, but they're also a not-so-healthy breakfast if you so fancy. They're hard to resist, but if you can hold off they taste even better the next day after the caramel has had a chance to sink in even more!

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My adorable new Sass and Belle Kitty Measuring Cups have me yearning to bake my little heart out once again, so you can expect a fair few sweet treats popping up on the blog over the coming months. I love cooking and baking, as well as eating, so I'm hoping to include a lot more recipes whenever I have the chance to share them! If you have any delicious eats that I have to try let me know in the comments, I'd love some kitchen inspiration.

Are you a salted caramel fan? Let me know if you give these a go, I'd love to hear how you get on!

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6 Sep 2016

An Updated Desk Tour

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Updated Desk Tour Student Workspace Macbook Air Typo Haul | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Updated Desk Tour Student Workspace Macbook Air Typo Haul | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

"But Charlotte, isn't this your desk?" I hear you cry. Well, yes, that is my desk, but it's my desk downstairs in the games room/office hybrid that I share with my brother. I spend most of my free time at that desk, tapping away at my keyboard writing up blog posts like I'm doing now, editing photos and videos or just generally wasting time on the internet, and, as a result, the desk in my bedroom had been lost under a pile of magazines and makeup for months now. My bedroom is by far my favourite place in the house, so I don't want it to be constantly associated with working on one project or another, but with assessments to study for and essays to write I thought it was about time that I sorted out a little workspace in my room that will make me happy to spend an hour or so sitting there.

I'm not going to lie, buying my MacBook Air was a big motivating factor in this. The whole point in buying a laptop was so that I wouldn't be chained to my desk all of the time, but I still wanted it to have its own little spot to call home in my room. If I'm working on my laptop, it's mostly from the couch or my bed, but having a clear desk to sit at if need be really helps - and I think it will continue to do so when the college work starts piling up.

Being as beauty obsessed as I am, there was always going to be a stash of my must have beauty products hanging about somewhere. I try to keep this to a minimum, as I don't want to clutter my space with things I'm not going to use, so I stick to a Nuxe Reve De Miel lip balm, The Body Shop almond hand cream and a hand sanitizer I picked up at Bath and Body Works in New York.

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Updated Desk Tour Student Workspace Macbook Air Typo Haul | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Updated Desk Tour Student Workspace Macbook Air Typo Haul | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Also on my desk, you'll likely find at least two candles and a wax burner at any given moment. My current favourite candle is this Coconut and Cassis candle from Katie Loxton, which I was given for my birthday. It's a gorgeous, sweet scent that has me dreaming of sunnier shores every time I light it! I'm finding myself leaning more towards warm, deep fragrances as we move into Autumn so I'm going to be breaking out my cinnamon spice candles soon.

In order to prep myself for the start of school, I made a little Typo order to stock up my stationery levels for the year ahead. Typo have such an amazing range of notebooks for insanely good prices, and, as a result, I ended up ordering five notebooks for myself... oops. The pictured above is currently out of stock, but there are so many other gorgeous styles to keep you occupied in the meantime! Alongside my notebooks and pens, I decided to grab myself one of their handy water bottles that are half price at the moment, which I'm hoping will encourage me to keep hydrated throughout the day. I'm on the Typo website again now, someone please stop me. I love Typo too much.

You might recognise this adorable little trinket dish from my previous birthday wishlist, and I'm very glad to say it's now part of my life. Having a cute spot to keep all of my important bits and bobs together on my desk is very important for me, as I'm forever losing things like my rings or my work badge. This dish means that I know exactly where to head when I'm looking for something, as more often than not that's where it's sitting.

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I don't have quite as many prints in my bedroom as I do at my other desk, instead opting for two of my favourites which are the Gold & Ruby Jammy Heart from Nikki McWilliams and the Create Floral Art print from Lazy Pencil Company. Alongside these, I have my calendar from Flying Tiger and my collection of pieces by Claire Barclay Draws. My Claire Barclay collection shares a frame with some of my favourite pictures of me & Paddy, but it's in desperate need of updating as these pictures are all at least two years old, if not more, with the exception of the polaroid hanging out at the front!

Overall, I think I've been pretty successful in creating a happy little spot in my room where I actually want to get some work done. It won't get as much use as my "office" desk does, but having the extra space will really help when I'm up to my eyeballs in deadlines and blog posts - especially when it's as inviting as this.

What will you always find on your desk?

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