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)

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

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...

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

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

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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