18 Oct 2017

Seasonal Self Care

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
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?!

10 Oct 2017

Anxiety & Social Media

Open laptop and GRL PWR mug on pile of books with glasses | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
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.


3 Oct 2017

A Homeware Wishlist

Homeware Wishlist Millennial Pink Interiors 2017 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

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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