30 Jan 2018

Six by Nico, Glasgow

Six by Nico Glasgow Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Six by Nico Glasgow Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Six by Nico Glasgow Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Six by Nico Glasgow Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Six by Nico Glasgow Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Six by Nico Glasgow Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Star of the Glasgow food scene

Since it's inception last year, Six By Nico has been top of my to-visit list. For months, I felt like I couldn't open Facebook or Instagram without drooling over photos of dishes from the restaurant, but my calendar remained as fully booked as the restaurant itself, so it seemed it wasn't to be. My diary did clear up a little around Christmas, but I was a bit put off by the "Disney" menu, as it wasn't quite to my taste and, personally, I don't think it suited the restaurant's brand - as much as I love Disney!

Me being a bit of a snob aside, it wasn't until the middle of January that I was finally able to pay Six by Nico a visit. One snowy Tuesday, with classes cancelled, I headed over to Finnieston with my friends Jen and Hannah to finally try the acclaimed restaurant for ourselves. I do adore having friends who appreciate good food as much as I do, as it certainly makes long breaks in college a lot easier when we can pop out for a bite to eat.

So, what's Six by Nico all about, anyway? Well, the basis of the concept is that the menu changes every six weeks, serving up an entirely new six-course tasting menu each time. Each menu has a theme - or a "story" - and the dishes are carefully curated with that in mind. Previous stories have included Forest, Route 66, Childhood and Illusion - but we missed the boat with those menus in their limited run.

Luckily for us, however, the menu available for our visit was The Best of 2017, containing six of the best dishes from the previous year, as voted for by Six by Nico's customers. This menu is running until the 18th of February and six courses will set you back just £25, with an additional £25 if you want wine pairings, too.
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25 Jan 2018

Exercise and Empowerment

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Apparently, I exercise now.

Exercise is a funny old thing, isn't it? I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the gym. I still dread going, but I love how it makes me feel afterwards. P.E was definitely my least favourite class in school, I hated it even more than I hated chemistry. Fun fact: the only time I ever had a punishment exercise in school was for "forgetting" my P.E kit one too many times. 

I've tried the whole gym thing a few times, but it never quite stuck. I don't mind running, but the Scottish weather doesn't really play ball, and I don't like running in the dark either. I loved netball at school, but the thought of joining a team now absolutely terrifies me. I tried Zumba and it was alright, but it was never really my "thing".

But then, on a whim, I signed up for a 10-week boot camp with AG Fitness. I'd trained with Andy before and knew he was the sort of trainer who would make me feel comfortable and ensure I was doing things right. I trusted him, and I knew that his gym would be a positive environment to work out in, as opposed to those mirror filled monstrosities that I had tried in the past.

So what changed?

You see, the thing is, I have control issues. Not the obsessively-reading-my-boyfriend's-texts sort of control issues, I'm not a controlling person, I just like to have a sense of control over my own life. The majority of my anxieties stem from a lack of control, and it's definitely one of my biggest triggers. The thought of sneezing whilst driving and losing control of my car is genuinely one of my biggest fears in life, and I absolutely despise driving over bridges just in case it happens.

Ironically, however, my life seems to be fighting back against my desire to be in control of things. I guess that's just the way life works, really, but it can be exhausting. I have chronic health issues and have been dealing with various ailments and injuries for the past few years. Then, last year, I was injured yet again in an accident, which left me feeling totally out of control of my body.

The combination of these things left me feeling pretty helpless, and I decided it was time to take back control. Hence the gym thing. I thought I'd be awful at it, which I was, but I persevered and I made it through. The sense of pride I had in managing 10 weeks of two classes a week (one of which was at 9am on a SATURDAY) was unbeatable. I finally felt like I was gaining some of my strength back, and leaving a life scarred by illness behind.

Looking Long Term

For some reason, I enjoyed my time at the gym so much that I've signed up for rolling team training sessions this year. Three times a week, I'll be heading to Andy's gym for a group session with some of the nicest people I've met, who get to witness me cry and throw tantrums when I'm a bit hangry. They're lucky folk, I'll tell you that much. 

Last week was the first week back over Christmas, and it was incredibly frustrating. There was a lot I struggled with, and I hate feeling so limited. I cried a lot during and after the first session back, mostly out of sheer anger at my inability to keep up, and I was seriously doubting if I could really do it. I was close to throwing the towel in, self-doubt was taking over and I just felt terrible.

But I know that it's okay because the team at AG Fitness are some of the most supportive I've met. I fight with Andy a lot, but that's okay because that's just how our friendship is. Juan is also great, even though he doesn't like Christmas, and we both like Call Me Al which is very important. At team training, I now get to train with Finlay too, and even though I missed my first session with him because of the snow I feel like we'll get on. 

Most importantly, I've found the right environment for me. It's so nice to find a gym that isn't intimidating, with people who actually want to help you out. The guys are brilliant at adapting exercises to accommodate for my injured shoulder, so I still feel like I'm doing some good, and they've been incredibly patient with me too. I honestly couldn't recommend AG Fitness enough, which is why I'm even writing this blog post in the first place. So, I'm persevering. I know I'll feel better when I get back into the swing of things again, and I found my second session a lot easier.

Taking Back Control

I'm lucky enough to be in a position where, although I am ill, I can still live a relatively normal life. Yes, it's incredibly frustrating to be a 22-year-old with the health of a pensioner, particularly when it's not immediately obvious from the outside, but I'm in a privileged position. My injuries will heal eventually, and I can manage the rest of my pain and sickness with the help of medication and rest.

But what exercise has taught me, in the last few months especially, is that I don't have to let chronic illness define me - I am more than my medical records. I'm never going to be a fitness freak, I go the gym so that I can justify my love of going out for dinner, and you won't see me promoting protein shakes on Instagram anytime soon. I'm just trying to rebuild my strength, feel a little bit more in control, and maybe hang out with Andy's and Juan's dogs too.

Plus, I do feel a little bit smug about saying I go to the gym three times a week now. So there's that.


If you want to learn more about Andy and his gym, check out the AG Fitness website or you can follow his dog on Instagram


This post isn't sponsored, btw.
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24 Jan 2018

Cats and Cake in Glasgow

Glasgow Cat Cafe Review Afternoon Tea Willow Tea Rooms Glasgow's Leading Attractions | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Glasgow Cat Cafe Review Afternoon Tea Willow Tea Rooms Glasgow's Leading Attractions | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Glasgow Cat Cafe Review Afternoon Tea Willow Tea Rooms Glasgow's Leading Attractions | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Glasgow Cat Cafe Review Afternoon Tea Willow Tea Rooms Glasgow's Leading Attractions | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

These are a few of my favourite things...

Last year, back in the pre-Christmas chaos, I was invited to try out the Willow Tea Rooms by the lovely folk at Glasgow's Leading Attractions. Glasgow's Leading Attractions is a one-stop shop for all things Glasgow related, curating the very best things to do and see in the city centre - even on those rainy days. I love playing tourist in my own city and feel so blessed to live in a city as beautiful as Glasgow, so I was excited to check out another Glasgow institution.

Despite being a dedicated fan of the wonders of Glasgow, and a bit of an afternoon tea obsessive, I was yet to pay the iconic Willow Tea Rooms a visit for myself. Afternoon tea is quite possibly one of my favourite things ever, but you know what else I love? Cats.

So, true to form, Lis and I decided to make a bit of a day of our trip to the tea rooms and squeezed in a visit to Glasgow's newly opened Purrple Cat Cafe beforehand. The cafe opened just before 2017 ended, and I did actually pay them a visit for the exclusive preview day, thanks to the Platinum membership that my mum gifted me for my birthday, but Lis hadn't been yet so it was an obvious choice.

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17 Jan 2018

Three Books That Changed My Life

Sarah Knight Life Changing Magic Giving Get Your Shit Together You Do You Review Which To Buy | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Sarah Knight Life Changing Magic Giving Get Your Shit Together You Do You Review Which To Buy | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Self Help Made Simple

I go through phases where I read certain genres exclusively for weeks on end until I make myself sick of them and need a break. I used to have a bit of a problem with self-help books, to the point that it was making me feel massively inadequate and like I wouldn’t ever achieve what I wanted to – but I still kept reading them.

The problem with a lot of self-help or self-improvement books is that they’re very airy fairy. So many of these must-read life-changing books focus on things like the Law of Attraction, a concept I find massively problematic, and claim that positive thinking is the best path to success. I’m a pretty cynical person, and this style of thinking just doesn’t do it for me.

Step in, Sarah Knight

I, like many other people, first discovered Sarah Knight’s books through the wonderful platform that is Instagram. Back in 2016, I ordered the first of the three – The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k – to take on holiday to Croatia and fell in love before the first chapter was through. It’s pretty easy to not give a fuck when you’re lying by the pool in a sunny country, but nevertheless, the concept stuck with me.

Fast forward to summer 2017, and I was yet again heading off to Croatia. This time, I picked up Sarah Knight’s second instalment, Get Your Sh*t Together. I am on a near-constant quest to get my shit together, so this felt like fate. Again, I read it whilst bathing in Croatian summer sun, but it was just as good as the first – if not better.

Then, towards the end of November, I discovered that there was a third addition to the collection and had it ordered within seconds. After a couple of shitty years, working myself into the ground and subconsciously insisting on being a people pleaser, I was over it. That’s why, when I discovered the existence of You Do You, I knew it was meant to be.

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9 Jan 2018

My Focus for 2018

2018 Goals Intentions | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Hello, 2018

I gave up on 2017 around the middle of August and spent the last four months of the year desperately wishing for Hogmanay to roll around. As a result, I think I put far too much pressure on the day itself and ended up having a pretty big breakdown that caused me to cancel my plans to ceilidh the night away in favour of a big bubble bath and bringing the bells in on the couch instead. It's weird, I can't quite believe it's 2018. I know that the start of a new year is mostly a symbolic thing, but I feel somewhat lighter knowing that it's a new chapter of my life.

I'm trying to avoid putting 2018 under the weight of too many expectations, as I think that was part of my downfall last year, but I do have a few intentions for the year ahead. You're probably sick of these posts about all of the good things people want to do with this new year, but if you hadn't already noticed I like to share things online, and for the sake of accountability I'm sharing these intentions too.

My Word(s) for 2018

At the start of 2017, I discovered the concept of having a "word" for the year. I liked the idea of having one specific word to focus on that encapsulates all of your goals and intentions for the year, and it was something I was very keen to adopt this year. True to form, I couldn't settle on just one word, but I have narrowed it down to two.

For 2018, I have two main areas that I want to focus on. Each area has its own "subheadings", so to speak, but there are two clear-cut parts of my life that are getting due attention this year. The words that I've ended up with, in an attempt to represent these two areas, are selfish and strive. Mostly because I really, really, really adore alliteration, but also because they feel like the most relevant choices for me.

I did consider something like balance or strength (which was a very strong contender, ironically), but I didn't think they were fully representative of my ideals for the year. Essentially, I want to put myself first and I want to work hard on achieving the goals I want to reach this year. But that one sentence summary isn't quite long enough for a whole blog post, so let's dive a little deeper.
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