31 Jul 2017

The Book List

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Since completing my Goodreads challenge at the start of the month I've found myself feeling a little bit less inclined to read, which is sure fire proof for me that the pressure of a "challenge" works for me. Having been a bookworm since I was young, I don't want to let my reading habit slide so easily, so in an attempt to reignite my obsession with picking up a book I've been browsing the shelves looking for some new and exciting reads to add to my collection. Even though I have a huge pile of books sitting waiting to be read anyway, I never stop shopping for books. It makes me happy, whilst also diminishing my bank balance...

My wish list grows longer by the day, with a mix of books covering everything from teenage romance, disturbing dystopian worlds, ghosts and monsters to anxiety, feminism and branding. It's an eclectic mix, to say the least, but here are the forty books that I want to read next.
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27 Jul 2017

Even in the dark, I glow

Glasgow Fashion Blogger Primark Summer 2017 Kate Spade | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Glasgow Fashion Blogger Primark Summer 2017 Kate Spade | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Glasgow Fashion Blogger Primark Summer 2017 Kate Spade | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Glasgow Fashion Blogger Primark Summer 2017 Kate Spade | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Photos by Amy

Playsuit - Primark; Sunglasses - Breo; Bracelet - Pandora;
Necklace - Thomas Sabo; Bag - Kate Spade; Shoes - ASOS

Well, would you look at that, an outfit post?! I know I've been slacking big time on the fashion front this year, but my whole health drama and my boyfriend/photographer moving to a different country have put a bit of a hold on the outfits for a while. Hopefully, times are a-changing, and now that my best friend Sarah has agreed to be my Instagram-husband and the lovely Amy and I discovered how near we live to each other (and how much we have in common) these outfits will become a semi-regular once again.

So what's been going on? Well, a whole lot of something and a whole lot of nothing. It's been a while since we caught up, and whilst I'm mostly in the same position (read: still ill, lol) there are a few things that have happened that feel worth mentioning. The end of June was a little bit hectic with lots of good things happening in the run up to our trip to Dubrovnik and I just haven't had a spare moment to sit and write about them since.

I started back at work again a few months ago, after five months off, which has taken a bit of getting used to. It's been amazing to be working with my friends again, as well as our regular pub dinners, and obviously, the regular income is a blessing too. Mostly, though, I like the routine. I like the reason to drag myself out of the house on the days I'd love nothing more than to mope inside, and ultimately I think it's been really good for me.

Glasgow Fashion Blogger Primark Summer 2017 Kate Spade | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Glasgow Fashion Blogger Primark Summer 2017 Kate Spade | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Glasgow Fashion Blogger Primark Summer 2017 Kate Spade | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

College finished for summer in the middle of June and I actually kind of miss it? I feel like I'll be eating my words come the start of second year when the 9am classes kick in, but I genuinely love my course and really enjoy most of my modules. I finally got my graded unit results back at the end of June, nearly a month after they were originally due to be released, and I am very, very, very, very chuffed to say that I finished first year with an A. I worked damn hard on my graded unit, and it paid off. It feels like a world away from my first foray into further education (spoiler alert: I dropped out) and I'm excited to see what second year has in store. Apart from my module about accounting, I'm not looking forward to that one.

In more good news, the same week that I found out my graded unit results, I also celebrated seven years with Paddy and was discharged from the mental health team. Talk about a triple whammy, eh? As much as I wish my mental health was magically cured, it's not, but I do feel better placed to handle it for the moment. It's a rollercoaster, and I've had some wobbles recently, but I'm proud of how far I've come since the start of the year.

A lot of my more recent "wobbles" have been because of my impending birthday. I turn 22 on Saturday, which I'm finally feeling excited for - mostly because I know I'm going out for tapas. Sometimes I can't wait for the day to roll around, but then at other points I feel like each time the clock ticks closer to the 29th is a step closer to a breakdown. Not a mid-life crisis, I hope, but maybe a quarter-life crisis of sorts. I'm not worried about turning 22, in fact, it's quite the opposite, I'm just feeling a bit disappointed in how 21 turned out. Turning 21 is hyped up to ridiculous levels, and I'll be honest and say that the majority of 21 was pretty rubbish for me. I lost some very important parts of my life and the plans I had made for the year just didn't turn out the way I had hoped for. I'm ready for it to be over now, and instead of dreading my birthday I'm starting to see it as what will hopefully be a turning point in how I feel. New year, new me - just in July instead of January...

Glasgow Fashion Blogger Primark Summer 2017 Kate Spade | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Glasgow Fashion Blogger Primark Summer 2017 Kate Spade | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Glasgow Fashion Blogger Primark Summer 2017 Kate Spade | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I don't want to make too many plans for 22, because I don't want to find myself in the same situation this time next year, with a handful of missed goals and disappointment, but I do have some overall "goals" for the year. A desired mindset, so to speak. I talk a lot about how I need to be more selfish and put myself first more often, and that's what I want 22 to be. I want to pay off my credit card, I want to get into university and I think I maybe want to dye my hair lighter. I want to smile more, go to the restaurants I've had bookmarked for months and I want to find out what happened after the cliffhanger at the end of season 14 of NCIS.

In the end, I don't know how 22 will turn out, but do we ever really know what the future holds? Either way, I know that Saturday will be spent however I damn well want it to be spent. A lazy morning in bed with the cats, a day of playing princess and an evening spent eating tapas with my favourite people. Sounds alright to me!


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25 Jul 2017

Lee Stafford Sea Salt Mud Mask

Lee Stafford Sea Salt Mud Mask Hair Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Lee Stafford Sea Salt Mud Mask Hair Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Lee Stafford Sea Salt Mud Mask Hair Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Since discovering Nioxin and the wonders that it worked for my alopecia, I haven't really strayed. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, ya know? But as well as Nioxin works for me, I get bored. I like to try new things, and sometimes my hair just craves a little bit more of a treat. I used to use hair masks regularly but fell away from them in my quest to restore my hair after my alopecia diagnosis, for reasons unbeknownst to me. I suppose I didn't want to overwhelm my hair or weigh it down with product after product, and when you're spending upwards of £20 a bottle on your shampoo and conditioner there's not that much left to play with hair care budget.

Then, I arrived home from two weeks of sunshine, chlorine and the cheapest shampoo Boots stock to find a parcel containing the new Sea Salt Mud Mask from Lee Stafford, a brand I've loved ever since I discovered their Hair Growth range a few years back. Straight away, I was ready to jump in the bath and treat my hair to some pampering, using the delicious smelling bath salts that accompanied the mask to really up the relaxation levels. If you've never used Lee Stafford products before, you need to give them a sniff next time in Boots, easily my favourite scented hair care by far.
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20 Jul 2017

Revisiting Dubrovnik - Part 2

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Dubrovnik Travel Guide Photo Diary Bosnia Cavtat Mostar | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Dubrovnik Travel Guide Photo Diary Bosnia Cavtat Mostar | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

After four days wandering the Old Town, we headed to a suburb just outside of Dubrovnik to meet my family and spend a week by the pool at their apartment. One of my favourite things about Dubrovnik is that it's the kind of place where you can get the best of both worlds, mixing together a bustling city break and a chilled out break in the sun. Having had a slightly bumpy start to the year (understatement of the century) I was beyond excited to spend some time getting stuck into the huge pile of books I'd brought with me to read in the sun.

We spent our first afternoon wandering around the small town where the apartment was located, only to discover that there wasn't all that much happening around us. After grabbing lunch in the only restaurant we could find, and getting absolutely soaked in a sudden downpour, we returned to the apartment to unpack and settle in. That evening, we meandered in the opposite direction and found a little waterfront bar with a beautiful view of the sun setting over the harbour, as well as an Italian restaurant that served some of the biggest pizza I'd ever seen.

Monday was spent as all Mondays should be, reading by the pool and topping up my tan, with a quick break to stock up on snacks at the local shop. In the evening, we headed over to the Lapad area of Dubrovnik, where many of the hotels are located. Here you'll find a host of restaurants, bars and ice cream parlours that are a little bit quieter than those you would find in the Old Town.

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18 Jul 2017

My Summer Holiday Reads

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Summer Holiday Book Reviews 2017 Book Blogger | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I've been a big bookworm for as long as I can remember, taking any opportunity to stick my nose in a book and get lost in a new world for a few hours. I read a lot at home, but the number of books I pick up reaches new heights when I'm on holiday, where I spend the majority of my days around the pool with a book in hand. I'm a bit of a speed reader and can easily finish a book in a few hours if left to it, so I tend to average around 10-12 books for a week long holiday. I didn't quite reach my usual standards this year, mostly because I napped a lot, but I still managed to fit in some brilliant reads and finished my Goodreads Challenge for the year too.

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13 Jul 2017

Revisiting Dubrovnik - Part 1

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Visit Dubrovnik Croatia Travel Diary Photos | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Visit Dubrovnik Croatia Travel Diary Photos | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I never saw myself as the kind of person who would visit the same place twice in a row, particularly when there are so many destinations on my bucket list that are crying out to be visited too, but Dubrovnik was the exception. Last October Paddy and I spent a week on the sleepy little island of Lopud, just off the coast of Dubrovnik, and we soon fell in love with the area. We hadn't originally planned on returning for a second visit this year, instead, we were considering exploring the Split area further up the coast, but when my mum and dad booked to spend a week there and just so happened to have space in their apartment we were sold.

We decided to fly out a little bit earlier than the rest of my family, partly because flights were half the price leaving from East Midlands as opposed to Glasgow, and partly so that we could spend a few days in the heart of the Old Town together too. As a result, we spent the first four days of our holiday staying in a cosy little apartment that was perfectly placed to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is Dubrovnik's Old Town.
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11 Jul 2017

My 22nd Birthday Wishlist

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When I turned 21 last year I remember having people tell me that the exciting birthdays were done and that I wouldn't care about my birthday again until I turned 30. Now, I'm one of those people who drags their birthday out big time and I'm always a ball of excitement for weeks beforehand, so I scoffed at the thought of not caring about turning 22. But here we are, and for the first year that I can remember I'm just not that excited about my birthday. It makes me sad to write that, really. I'm not sure why my birthday doesn't feel as sparkly this year, maybe it's because it's been a really tough year and I feel less sparkly as a whole, or maybe this is just what getting old feels like. Either way, I don't find myself counting down to the 29th of July like I usually do.

In an attempt to regain a bit of sparkle in my life, and just generally treat myself after a bit of a rough few months, I've decided that this year I'm going to spend my birthday being entirely selfish and spoiling myself rotten. I'm going to eat what I want (hopefully) and I'm going to sleep when I want and watch what I want and spend time with who I want. It's going to be totally chilled out, because that's what I need right now, and it might involve afternoon tea. Who knows. This is the first year I'm not having any major celebrations for my birthday, and to be honest I'm quite happy with that.

I am, however, going to celebrating turning the ripe old age of 22 by finally splurging on a few of the random bits and bobs that have been sitting in my bookmarks waiting for a rainy day. Be that replacing the foundation I love or finally buying the NCIS hoody that I'll only ever wear in the house, I deserve a little treat or two. When I've been asked what I want for my birthday this year I've mostly found myself leaning towards the response of "I don't know", or a wardrobe, or something related to making my bedroom the cosy den I rely on for recharging. Think Kate Spade pyjamas, blankets and cushions, as well as books and DVDs to cosy up with. I am going to be a 22-year-old grandma, and proud.

Yes, that Pandora charm is the October birthstone. No, I was not born in October. I just like it, okay?


WHAT ARE YOU TREATING YOURSELF TO THIS MONTH?


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5 Jul 2017

My Holiday Beauty Essentials

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Summer Beauty Essentials Travel Holiday Festival | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Summer Beauty Essentials Travel Holiday Festival | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Summer Beauty Essentials Travel Holiday Festival | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Holidays, for me, mean pamper time. Lazy days spent by the pool, less time being consumed by emails and social media, more time to spend looking after myself? Yes, please. Although I usually wear less makeup when I'm on holiday, I find myself taking a lot more care when it comes to my body instead. Plus, my beauty requirements in 35-degree heat are completely different to what my skin craves throughout the rainy Scottish "summer". Any excuse for a little beauty shopping spree, I say.

The weeks leading up to my holidays are most often spent testing a myriad of beauty products in an attempt to find the perfect lineup to pack into my case, with a mix of old favourites and new discoveries being put through some vigorous testing. Can't cope with 12 degrees in Scotland? Yeah, you're not going to work out for balmy evenings on the Dalmatian Coast. This year, I think I've managed to get the perfect lineup, and I'm excited to be spending two weeks pampering and preening by the pool. I'm going to return a bronzed goddess, with perfect skin and silky tresses to boot. Possibly a stone or two heavier too, what with all the ice cream I plan on eating.
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