16 Nov 2017

Planes, Trains and Automobiles with TransPennine Express

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Transpennine Express Glasgow to Manchester On Board Entertainment | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Transpennine Express Glasgow to Manchester On Board Entertainment | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Having grown up just outside of Manchester, with family still living there, the journey there from Glasgow is a pretty regular occurrence for me. It’s one of my favourite cities, and with my best friend moving down there for her masters I can see myself travelling down even more over the coming months. When travelling back down Mancunian way, there are plenty of transport options with planes, trains and automobiles heading south every day. In the past, I’ve travelled by car, train and even made the five-hour coach journey down on occasion, so I’d say I’m well versed in the route. That’s why, when TransPennine Express wanted me to take part in a fun experiment to compare the travel experience of driving, flying and taking the train between Glasgow and Manchester, I jumped right on board.

As a bit of an anxious traveller, no matter how comfortable I am with the journey, I was excited to see just how stressful I found each mode of transportation. For the sake of science, I was hooked up to a heart-rate and stress level monitor for each journey, to properly measure exactly how I felt throughout the experience.

The Drive

I set off towards Manchester in the car, leaving Glasgow not long after 8am. The journey was relatively straightforward to start with, as by some miracle there was very little traffic for the majority of the trip. Driving to Manchester takes the best part of three hours and once you’re on the motorway that’s you sorted for the bulk of the trip. Like most motorway driving, the three-hour journey can be a little monotonous, but with a quick pit-stop to stretch my legs at a service station to break it up it wasn’t too bad. As I got closer to Manchester, however, that’s when things started to change. Traffic started to build up on the motorway for the last 45 minutes or so of the journey, and the addition of some very heavy rain made for some pretty tense moments. Road closures in the city centre meant diversions aplenty, and as someone who doesn’t really like driving in big cities, this was seriously stressful. I was relieved, to say the least, when I managed to navigate the city centre roads and eventually find myself a spot to park my car!

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14 Nov 2017

5 Things I'm Looking Forward to This Christmas

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Christmas 2017 Harrods Hampers | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Christmas 2017 Harrods Hampers | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Christmas 2017 Harrods Hampers | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Christmas 2017 Harrods Hampers | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Christmas 2017 Harrods Hampers | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Halloween is over, and Bonfire Night is out of the way, so it's time to get Christmas on the road. Yup, this year I'm being one of "those people" who jump on the Christmas bandwagon nice and early. You see, the thing is, this year is my first Christmas where I'm not working in retail - and that is a big deal for me. Christmas is completely different when you spend every waking hour trapped in a building full of blinding fluorescent bulbs with the same six Christmas covers on repeat, prepping for the Boxing Day sales and giving up the precious time spent with family over the festive season to deal with people who just have to exchange their unwanted gifts first thing on the 26th. This year, Christmas is feeling a lot less stressful, and I'm pretty damn excited about it.

And who wouldn't feel festive, when greeted with this stunning Food Halls Collection Hamper from Harrods? I find that at Christmas I tend to be in quite a generous mood - both with presents and with treats for myself - so I love to indulge in something a little bit more luxurious. The Food Halls Collection Hamper is just one of the many Luxury Christmas Hampers on offer at Harrods this year and is packed full of delicious treats from their iconic food hall. With a selection of delectable biscuits, both savoury and sweet, alongside luxurious preserves and that all important wine - this is the perfect hamper for a festive night in with your nearest and dearest. The parmesan and poppyseed biscuits are just beautiful when paired with the ale and apple chutney! And they aren't too shabby when paired with a good cheese (or three) either. This hamper would be the perfect gift for someone who's a bit of a foodie, and if anyone fancies treating me to The Christmas Carol hamper I would be your best friend forever.

I'm ready and raring to get festive, with a good few weeks ahead to fill with fun Christmas activities. My diary isn't actually all that full yet, but I'm sure that will change, as I have a lot I'd like to tick off of my festive to-do list! My first semester of college finishes up at the end of November, too, and despite having classes in December I'm feeling a lot more relaxed about coursework at the moment - which makes for an all-around happier me! So, in the spirit of Christmas, here are five of the things I'm most looking forward to this festive season...

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9 Nov 2017

Brunch at Gleneagles Hotel

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Gleneagles Hotel Birnam Brasserie Brunch Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Gleneagles Hotel Birnam Brasserie Brunch Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Gleneagles Hotel Birnam Brasserie Brunch Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Gleneagles Hotel Birnam Brasserie Brunch Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Gleneagles Hotel Birnam Brasserie Brunch Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Gleneagles Hotel Birnam Brasserie Brunch Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Gleneagles Hotel Birnam Brasserie Brunch Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Gleneagles Hotel Birnam Brasserie Brunch Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Do you ever have one of those pinch-me moments, when you're standing in front of something and you just can't believe that you're actually there? That pretty much sums up how I felt as I wandered up the drive of the Gleneagles Hotel towards the towering building. It didn't help that I had just painstakingly parked my car in possibly the fanciest car park I've ever been in - with the most Range Rovers I've ever seen in my life - and that just in front of me there was a couple donning fancy hats exiting their chauffeur driven vehicle to bagpipes. Yeah. It was a pretty surreal moment.

Gleneagles is situated in Auchterarder, a small Perthshire town that's about an hour's drive from Edinburgh and just short of an hour from Glasgow. The sprawling five-star hotel is the height of luxury, which is apparent from the moment you step through the door. Home to no less than three championship golf courses, a spa deemed worthy of multiple awards and the only restaurant in Scotland to hold two Michelin stars, Gleneagles can talk the talk and walk the walk when it comes to high-end travel. It's a seriously stunning place, with jaw-dropping views of the Perthshire countryside, and I can only dream of staying in one of their 232 luxury rooms.

If you follow any Scottish bloggers on Instagram, like I do, you've probably noticed one of the newer additions to Gleneagles' dining repertoire - The Birnam Brasserie - and perhaps more noticeably, their brunch. Last Sunday, Lis and I took the beautiful journey up the A9 to pay The Birnam Brasserie a visit and see what all of the fuss surrounding this brunch was about. Upon first entering the Brasserie, I was instantly struck by the Parisian decor, with beautiful tiled floors and an abundance of greenery. The main room is dominated by the central island, where the main buffet and bar is situated, and the seating sprawls out from here. My favourite part was undoubtedly the dessert room, but we'll get into that later...

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7 Nov 2017

Rediscovering My Confidence

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It's been a tough year. You're probably sick of hearing that, but it has. I am so ready for 2017 to be over and, as much as I don't want to wish my life away, I'm kind of counting down the days till January 1st. To be fair, the last couple of months have been considerably better than the first eight or so, and hopefully, the tail end of 2017 will be a fair bit kinder to me. I started out this year on a high, thinking it was going to be my year, but instead, I was met with countless challenges that made it seem like the world was insistent on throwing a spanner in the works. Health issues, giving up on one-sided friendships, long-distance relationships, a car accident and losing my childhood pet have all had a slightly detrimental impact on my self-confidence, but after overcoming a quarter-life crisis I can feel that doubt slowly trickling away, only to be replaced with that unfamiliar sensation of actually believing in myself. Self-doubt is one of my biggest strengths, ironically, and I'm regularly told that I don't give myself enough credit. No matter how many times I hear this, I still struggle to believe it, but that's changing...

How? Well, I've started cutting myself some slack for a change. I know that I haven't achieved anywhere near as much as I wanted to this year, but that's okay. Things don't always go to plan - I get that now. I've learned that I need to be kinder to myself and allow myself time to recuperate and recharge. I have a bit of a bad habit of piling way too much on my plate at once and realising this has been an absolute gamechanger for me. I'm no longer juggling 101 projects at once, instead, I'm being more realistic about my capabilities and appreciating the need for downtime. 

I've also taken a really big step, that I haven't talked about all that much on here yet. A couple of months ago I launched my freelance business, Content by Charlotte, which has been a bit of a rollercoaster. Going freelance was something I never thought I'd be capable of, but here we are. I absolutely love it, and it's been a huge confidence boost! I'm still learning every day, but I am so proud of what I've achieved so far. Putting my skills into practice for new clients has been so much fun, and I really really really really love it. 

I'm in a very fortunate position right now where I can really spend my time focusing on the things I love. As a result, I've given up on YouTube for the time being, as it had turned into a drain on my energy that I just wasn't enjoying anymore. Now that I no longer work weekends, I have a bit more time free to spend on the things that make me happy, and even though I definitely work harder now than I did before, I get to spend my working hours doing things that leave me feeling fulfilled. 

And on my really down days, I simply take a look back at how far I've come, despite all the challenges life has thrown in my way this year. It was actually my counsellor who encouraged me to do this, and it was one of the most valuable things I learned from CBT. Even with everything that's happened so far in 2017, I've come out at the other end stronger than ever before. I smashed my first year at college, with great results, I've launched my own business and my little blog has been on the go for over seven years. I paid off my credit card (woohoo!) and I've become more comfortable with who I am as a person, too. I need to appreciate my own strengths more, and if I'm being honest, I'm really proud of myself for making it through this year.


How do you tackle self-doubt?


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31 Oct 2017

Winter Fashion Wishlist

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There's nothing like the impending arrival of frosty mornings as a reminder of how woefully inadequate your wardrobe is for cold weather. Will that ever change? Probably not. Regardless of my impractical fashion tendencies, I can't help but see the change in weather as an opportunity for some new additions to my wardrobe. I'm nothing, if not predictable. I find it so much easier to dress in the autumn/winter months, with so many more options to chose from, and a colour palette that tends to suit my style a whole lot more than the brights that summer brings. The shops appeal to me considerably more when their tops actually have sleeves, and I can buy dresses that don't have ridiculous cutouts in the most unflattering positions. I hate open shoes, because ew feet, and I love being cosy - which is why you'll mostly find me donning a pair of pyjamas at any given opportunity.

I've not been as into shopping recently, possibly because my patience is waning, but I can feel that starting to change as my winter wishlist grows by the day. I think this year was the year that I became a lot more confident in my style, and I feel more comfortable trying new things than I have been in previous years. Ironic, considering I used to be a fashion student. Figuring out what I like and what I don't care for, as opposed to blindly following trend after trend, has done wonders for my self-confidence, but not so much for my bank balance. 


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I used to exist primarily in a uniform of floral dresses and skirts, but over the past few months, I've drifted away from anything that requires tights in favour of trousers. This time two years ago you wouldn't have caught me dead in any trousers that weren't my beloved black skinny jeans, but now I can't stop buying assorted lengths, styles and patterns... oops. I am starting to miss skirts now, particularly with it becoming boot season, and I want to try to bring some back into my wardrobe once again. I threw out a lot of my more basic skirts, so I think I need to build up my collection from the ground up and cover the standard fits before I move on to anything remotely fancy. I am partial to a bit of polka dot, though, so I think I'll need to pick up a cute little polka dot skirt before it's too late.

As per usual, I find myself favouring lots of black, white and grey, but I've also noticed that I'm leaning towards pops of primary colours too. Yellow was my thing earlier in the year, but recently I've been drawn to red and blue as well. Red shoes are appearing time and time again, and I think it's time I invested in a pair of classic Stan Smiths as well. I really want to find a pair with black detail, because I don't fancy the navy, but it has to be said that the green is really growing on me now.

And obviously, because I live in Glasgow, I need to think slightly more practical than usual. My knitwear collection is growing exponentially, and I keep eyeing up some more bold jumpers to pick up come payday. I have a cute little yellow rain jacket, which I love to pieces, but I think I need something a bit more versatile in a more neutral colour. I should probably pick up a new pair of black boots too, because my trusty Primark pair has seen much better days...


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25 Oct 2017

3 Ways to Spend Halloween (When You Hate Halloween)

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Ways to Spend Halloween Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Ways to Spend Halloween Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Confession time: I don't really "do" Halloween. I mean, that was probably pretty obvious from the title, right? I've never been all that into Halloween, but I used to make an effort and actually go out guising or even head to a Halloween party or two. Now, though, I'd much rather avoid the bulk of the festivities altogether. I couldn't care less about dressing up, and the thought of heading out to some dark and dingy nightclub on a rainy October night gives me the shivers. Instead, I have a few other things in mind for this Halloween, which mostly involve food...

Freaky Flicks

At this time of year, I love making the most of the dark evenings and catching up on my never-ending list of films to watch. There's been some great release in the past few years and, regrettably, I haven't got round to watching anywhere near as many as I'd like! Halloween is the perfect excuse to spend an evening getting stuck into the latest horrors but, admittedly, I'm not much of a horror gal myself these days. I used to love a good scary movie, but not so much anymore! Instead, you'll most likely find me watching the latest thriller or binge-watching a crime drama. The new series of Stranger Things is finally out on Friday, so it's safe to say that's going to occupy a fair chunk of my weekend. Last week I headed over to Glasgow Fort to watch the recently released thriller The Snowman at Vue and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's the perfect watch if you like Scandi style thrillers akin to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Fortitude and The Killing.

Ways to Spend Halloween Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Ways to Spend Halloween Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Ways to Spend Halloween Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Ways to Spend Halloween Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Ghoulish Grub

I'll take any chance to grab a bite to eat, and Halloween is just as good a reason as any. When I was at the cinema with my mum last week we tried out the new Yo! Sushi at Glasgow Fort and I can honestly say we haven't stopped thinking about it since. It's only been open at the Fort for a few weeks now and I've already been twice. In the past, I'd dismissed it as only having fishy sushi, which just didn't appeal to me, but the new menu is seriously delicious and has plenty to suit all taste buds. I highly recommend the furikake fries, chicken chahan, popcorn shrimp and beef tataki. So, so good. If anyone fancies taking me to Yo! again sometime soon I will not complain.

It's a brilliant addition to the Fort, which is easily one of my favourite shopping centres in Glasgow. Not only is it just 15 minutes from my house, it has a great range of shops that are open until 10pm for your late night shopping fix. The TK Maxx there (which is where I picked up this lovely wooden tray and is also where my mug is from) is one of the better-stocked stores in Glasgow and there are so many great restaurants if you want to make a night of it! The best way to escape the trick or treaters is by getting out of the house, so you may as well treat yourself to a spot of retail therapy and some good food in the process. I, personally, don't share sweets with anyone so you won't find me handing out any of my precious treats on Halloween...

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Spooky... slumber?

Can't knock a girl for trying - and failing - to come up with an appropriate subheading, right? Honestly, getting an early night is quite possibly my favourite thing to do, especially when the weather is as miserable as it is in Glasgow just now! There's nothing quite like changing into cosy pyjamas and curling up in bed with a good book - my beloved Stephen King is very appropriate for Halloween - and cosying in with a delicious candle flickering away, like this one from Shearer Candles. I'm a home bird all year round, but my love for nights in only multiplies when the clocks go back and the dark nights roll in. Seeing as Halloween is a Tuesday this year, on the day itself you'll probably find me curled up watching the Bake Off finale (even though my beloved Liam was betrayed by the snake that is Paul Hollywood) before retreating to bed with something suitably spooky from Stephen King.


Are you a Halloween fan, or do you prefer to hide away like me?


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18 Oct 2017

Seasonal Self Care

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Seasonal Self Care Winter Jet2 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Seasonal Self Care Winter Jet2 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Oh hey, dark nights, you're back already? I'd say it's nice to see you, but I'd be lying.

I struggle at this time of year. I don't know if it's the miserable weather, the lack of daylight hours, my overwhelming calendar, post-summer blues or the mounting pressure of Christmas - maybe it's a combination of them all - something just doesn't sit right with me at this time of year. I hate being cold, so you'll catch me swanning about in my onesie at any suitable opportunity, and if I'm not in my pyjamas I'm most likely complaining about wanting to be in them. As the season changes so does my approach to self-care, and as the dark nights crawl in looking after myself becomes increasingly important to my ability to make it through the winter relatively unscathed. There are a few key things I like to focus on at this time of year to try and make things that little bit easier, and when Jet2 kindly sent me a bumper package full of some blues-busting treats I thought it was the perfect time to chat through my seasonal self-care changes.

One of the biggest things for me, particularly at this time of year, is having a strong routine. Now that I work freelance - which is a discussion for another post - this is more important than ever, as it's all too easy to fall prey to the temptation of staying in bed all day. Being in college three days a week helps here, as it means I can rely on those days to follow a pretty similar schedule, and I find that getting out of the house and working in a dedicated "work zone" is really good for both getting me in the working mindset and establishing a routine for my week. I've been really busy recently, which has been slightly overwhelming, but now that winter is really creeping in I'm trying to make sure I have at least one full day to relax each week, and I'm giving myself more evenings in than evenings out. I'm a homebody, what can I say?!
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10 Oct 2017

Anxiety & Social Media

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GRL PWR mug and Kate Spade watch on colourful pile of books | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I've had this post on my "to-write" list for a while now, having drafted bits and pieces on my phone over the past couple of weeks. I'd originally planned to publish it a couple of weeks ago, but life got in the way, and here I am finally ready to send it out into the world - coincidentally on World Mental Health Day. Each year there's a theme, and this year's theme is mental health in the workplace. Whilst social media isn't necessarily everyone's workplace, it is somewhere I spend the vast majority of my time, so it feels quite apt to be sharing this today.

I don't know if I've actually openly said on my blog before, but I have anxiety. Social anxiety, health anxiety and generalised anxiety disorder, to be specific. I like to think I'm quite open about my mental health, particularly on social media, but it took me a long time to come to terms with my formal anxiety diagnosis. In general, I'm often reluctant to share too much about my mental state with friends and family, because I sometimes feel like I'm burdening them with my own problems. When it comes to the online world, however, I'll happily ramble away about how I'm feeling and typically do so as a bit of a release.

Social media is a funny old thing, especially when it comes to having anxiety, as it can be both a blessing and a curse. I can't imagine my life without social media but, at the same time, I know I need to spend less time endlessly scrolling through timeline after timeline. It's difficult to find the right balance, particularly as a blogger who also works with social media a lot, but it's something I'm always striving to improve as I learn and grow.

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3 Oct 2017

A Homeware Wishlist

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With the amount of homeware browsing I do, you'd think I had a whole house to fill, but nope. I can't wait for the day I can decorate an actual house of my own with all my own bits and bobs, but for now, I'll stick to cluttering up my mum and dad's house with totally unnecessary trinkets that I'm saving for said house. I'd probably be better off saving more money towards my future instead of buying yet another mug, but hey, I drink a lot of tea so it's totally justified. I think my current interiors obsession has been fuelled somewhat by the fact that our house is currently undergoing a bit of a transformation, with my mum replacing every carpet she can and the hallway finally being redecorated, months after we started ripping the wallpaper off the walls. 

I'm clearly going through a bit of a pink phase at the moment, although to be fair I think this phase has been going on since my early teens. I used to claim that I hated pink, despite having a pink room complete with a pink television set, but now I've started to embrace my love for blush, rose and the ever-so-popular millennial pink with open arms.

Another current love of mine is the Dalmatian style spot print that has stormed onto the scene and can be found everywhere from Kate Spade to Primark. H&M has recently opened their first home department in Glasgow and I find myself trawling through the new store on a regular basis looking for some more spotty styles to add to my collection. That bedding is next on my hitlist and I think it'll look so cute with my pink fluffy cushions. I may as well pick up the matching mug whilst I'm there, right?

I've not really got a whole lot of room for a new desk, but I'm dreaming of the day that I have my very own home office to decorate to my heart's content. The perfect desk is hard to find, but I'm kind of in love with this one from West Elm. It's pricey, but it's god damn beautiful. I think it's a bit cosier than a white desk, but still more versatile than a coloured or black wood desk. 

At this time of year, I love nothing more than curling up in bed with a good book and a cosy blanket, so you'll more often than not find me browsing blankets on a daily basis. I love the huge chunky knit blankets and am planning on eventually investing in one from Pomme Pomme, but for now, it remains a bit of a pipe dream because they are a tad expensive. The materials and the time involved completely justify the price, but my bank account would have a fit if I spent that much on a blanket before I've paid off the final chunk of my credit card, no matter how cosy it may be or how good it might look on my Instagram...


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21 Sep 2017

Brand Focus: Charlotte Tilbury

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Charlotte Tilbury Cult Beauty Favourites | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Charlotte Tilbury Cult Beauty Favourites | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I remember the days when Charlotte Tilbury burst onto the makeup scene well, I was enamoured with the beautiful Gatsby-esque packaging and the fact that I could technically have my name on my makeup from the very beginning. On a university trip to London, I crawled the Selfridges beauty hall in search of the counter and bought my very first taste of the brand - the iconic Pillow Talk Lip Cheat Liner - and from there I was hooked. That was nearly four years ago now, and up until the end of last year, that lip liner was the only product I ever owned from the brand. In the last year, however, my collection has multiplied and expanded like nobody's business, and now I own what feels like the majority of the product range.

In September, Charlotte Tilbury is the Cult Beauty Brand of the Month, celebrating the incredible range of products that makeup queen Charlotte has brought to the scene. To mark this, there's free shipping on all Charlotte Tilbury products, instead of the usual £40 minimum spend. I've already got my eye on a few new buys when payday rolls around to add to my growing collection, and if you're the same, then get comfy, because I've got a lot of recommendations coming up...

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19 Sep 2017

Life's a Pendulum

Glasgow Fashion Blog New Look Autumn 2017 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Glasgow Fashion Blog New Look Autumn 2017 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Glasgow Fashion Blog New Look Autumn 2017 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Playsuit - New Look; Jacket - Matalan (old); Bag - Zara (old)
Belt - ASOS; Shoes - Vans; Four Leaf Clover Necklace - Thomas Sabo
Initial Necklace - Kate Spade; Watch - Kate Spade

I swear I blinked and it's autumn. Last night I looked up from my laptop and it was dark at 7pm, this morning I had to don my onesie upon getting out of bed because it was just too damn cold not to, and on my bus journey into the city, the motorway was lined with trees on the cusp of turning orange. I love autumn, but it's taken me by surprise this year. I know I've been complaining about the distinctly non-summery weather for weeks, but that's nothing new in a country where it rains most days. Now that the dark evenings are creeping in and the television guide is full of gripping thrillers, it really feels like the seasons have switched.

As someone who enjoys staying in a whole lot more than going out, I welcome the thought of cosy evenings curled up on the couch with open arms. Although I hate being cold with a burning passion, and have already considered donning gloves for my commute, there's something that warms my heart when it comes to autumn. The fiery colour palette on my morning walk to the bus stop has me dreaming of big fluffy jumpers and huge cups of tea, and the pitch black nights create the perfect excuse to get tucked up in bed with a good book that little bit earlier.

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13 Sep 2017

Notonthehighstreet.com's Summer of Surprise

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Not On The High Street Summer of Surprise Ella Jane Designs Personalised Stationery | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Not On The High Street Summer of Surprise Ella Jane Designs Personalised Stationery | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Not On The High Street Summer of Surprise Ella Jane Designs Personalised Stationery | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I adore giving gifts. As stressful as Christmas can be (yes, I did just mention the C word) there's something so special about seeing your loved ones' faces light up as they open the gift you spent an age searching for, knowing it would be perfect for them. Whenever I have a special occasion, or even a not-so-special occasion, to buy a gift for my first port of call is always Notonthehighstreet.com, which, if you've been living under a rock, is an absolute treasure trove of beautiful, unique gifts for every occasion. Hey, it doesn't even need to be a gift, I love picking up pretty little treats for myself on occasion too. No matter how fussy the recipient, you're pretty much guaranteed to find something special on Notonthehighstreet.com, plus you get to support smaller business too which is always a huge bonus for me.

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7 Sep 2017

5 Tips for Overcoming a Quarter Life Crisis

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Quarter Life Crisis | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Quarter Life Crisis | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Now that I'm back to commuting every morning I've started to work my way through the backlog of my favourite podcasts that I'd been saving up over the summer, and one, in particular, has been stuck in my mind ever since I first listened to it. The episode in question was from the first season of Let's Discuss and covered the concept of a quarter life crisis. I've been pretty open about my headspace as of late and had even jokingly referred to my current "wobble" as a quarter life crisis, but up until I listened to that episode I kind of thought it was just me. As soon as I saw the title, I knew I had to listen, and I spent the next half hour feeling an overwhelming sense of relief as I realised that I wasn't the only one struggling as a twentysomething faced with the prospect of adulthood.

I think I'm coming to the end of this quarter life crisis rollercoaster ride, and recognising that this was exactly what was happening to me was a huge step forward in seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Looking back at the year, I'm not surprised that this has consumed me in the way it has, and the wonder of hindsight has highlighted some pretty obvious causes as to this bump in the road. Obviously, the main issues this year for me have been health-related, as well as the loss of my childhood pet and coming to terms with my boyfriend and my best friend moving to a different country. Not together, I should add. Outside of that, however, 2017 should have been the year that I graduated. If I had stayed at university, I would have completed my degree in Fashion Management this year, and I would have been joining my friends to toss our caps at our graduation ceremony instead of watching it unfold through snaps on Facebook.

Seeing the people I went to school with, the people I met when I first moved away to university and even virtual strangers celebrate the start of the rest of their lives stirred up a lot of emotions within me, which when you add everything else into the mix, creates a recipe for disaster. As my 22nd birthday approached I was an emotional wreck, to say the least, my moods were volatile, I'd spend my evenings sobbing and my anxiety was sky high.

Now, I'm easing myself back to a place that feels a lot more like "me". Instead of dreading the future, I'm excited to see what it holds for me, and I know that just because my path has diverged from what I pictured for myself it doesn't mean I've failed. My quarter life crisis is fading, and I feel much more able to cope with whatever life throws in my way. Hopefully, that will be a winning lottery ticket, but based on my current run of luck it seems unlikely...

Me, being me, a chronic oversharer, I thought that I'd share a few of the things that have helped me overcome my quarter life crisis and have left me feeling ready to tackle the road ahead. Obviously, different things work for different people, so I'd take what I say with a pinch of salt, but even if this post shows just one person that it's not just them who feels a bit lost in their twenties, then I'll be happy.

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