27 Mar 2018

Everything I've Read so Far in 2018

Best Books to Read in 2018 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Best Books to Read in 2018 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I've definitely found my groove with reading.

I've always been a bookworm, but I'm one of those people who will read four books in one weekend and then won't touch a book for a month. This year, I wanted to be a bit more consistent with my reading habits, mostly because it helps me tear myself away from my phone. In an attempt to make a serious dent in my ever-growing to-read list I decided to double my Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge and go for 40 books instead of my usual 20.

Looking back at my Goodreads account - which I've had since 2014 - I typically read an average of 30 books in a year, so I think 40 is doable if I'm just a bit more consistent with my reading. Now that we're a quarter of the way into the year I thought I'd pause and share everything I've read so far in 2018, partly as a way to document it, but also to share some really good books I've found.

So far, I've read 12 books and I'm three books ahead of schedule. I have my next four or so books sitting by my bed ready to go, and I'll no doubt be ordering more in the very near future. If like me, you spend the majority of your income on books then you might want to get your bank card at the ready for this post, because there are some great reads ahead...
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15 Mar 2018

Thoughts on Oversharing Online

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Oversharing Online | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

 I tweet a lot.

One of my resolutions for this year was to spend less time live-tweeting my thoughts, but that hasn't really come to fruition. Last week, I had a notification telling me my Twitter account was six years old (my blog account, anyway, my McFly/Katy Perry fan account has been lying unused for a fair bit longer) and that inspired me to whip out my calculator and see just how much I actually tweet. The results? I tweet an average of 28 times a day. TWENTY EIGHT. Which, considering I try to sleep for at least eight hours a day, would suggest I tweet roughly twice an hour, minimum. Oops.

I'm happy to share a lot of my life online and after nearly eight years of running this blog, and god knows how many years spent on Tumblr and Piczo before that, it's become second nature. I think I'm known as a relatively open and honest blogger, which probably stems from my willingness to share when things are a little bit shitty, alongside when life is going well.


And whilst I am very open about the vast majority of my life, I still don't share everything. God only knows what my Twitter feed would look like if I did! I still value my privacy, the privacy of the people around me, and I'm also painfully aware of how annoying I must be to follow on Twitter already.

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13 Mar 2018

A Spring Style Wishlist

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I find it so difficult to shop for spring because in Scotland the season can bring anything from rain, snow and hail to beautiful sunshine in the space of one day. The unpredictable nature of the weather really isn't reflected in what's on offer on the high street right now, which is either very winter or very summer. Even when shopping for my trip to Barcelona I struggled, because although it's certainly warmer than Glasgow right now, it's still not quite warm enough to be swanning about in summer dresses, either.

So, let's think of this as a "what I would wear if the weather was better" kind of wishlist. Realistically, it's probably more a summer wishlist, because, despite that sunny fortnight that we'll most likely get in April or May, the summer is just as unpredictable as the spring. Although, after that horrific blast of snowy weather we were blessed with at the start of March, we really deserve a decent summer. I'll keep everything crossed. Is there such a thing as a sun dance?

Apparently, I'm into green and yellow right now, who knew? Not me, that's for sure. I think it's a projection of my internal desperation for tropical climes and sunshine. I think I suit yellow, but I don't wear a whole lot of green, so I'm not too sure if it would work for me. Only one way to find out - buy it all and try it on.

That striped wrap dress has been haunting my dreams for weeks now, I should really buy it already.


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8 Mar 2018

Are my cats happy?

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Cat Happiness Whiskas | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Cat Happiness Whiskas | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Cat Happiness Whiskas | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

What's really going on in that furry head of theirs?

I think I've got a bit of a reputation for being a cat lady. Not a birthday or a Christmas goes by without an array of cat-themed gifts and cards, and most of my Facebook notifications are from people tagging me in cat videos (not that I'm complaining). People seem to be quite surprised when I tell them I love dogs, for some reason.

I've had cats my entire life, and I can't imagine my life without them now. Despite 22 years of cat ownership, there's one thing that still eludes me to this very day - what are they thinking? I like to think that I know my cats quite well, but you still never really know what's running through their minds as they gallop around the house at 4am.

Last week marked an entire year since the night we first brought the gruesome twosome - Bonnie and Clyde - home from the shelter. When the photos popped up on my Facebook memories I couldn't quite believe how small they were at around six months old, but I was mostly shocked that a whole year had passed in the blink of an eye. Whilst it feels like no time at all since we adopted them, it also feels like they've been part of the family forever.

Before Bonnie and Clyde, we had Ginger. Ginger was an old boy, we rescued him when he was around six to eight years old, and he lived a long and happy life. He was lazy, loved cuddles and slept for the majority of the day, so bringing two lively kittens into our house was a bit of a shock to the system. They settled in within a matter of hours and have ruled the roost ever since, but still, I find myself wondering what they're thinking and if they're really happy living here.

That's why, when I was first introduced to Whiskas Kat Institute of Technology (or K.I.T) I was instantly drawn to the concept of cat happiness and their video on the subject. I thought I knew a lot about cats and their body language, but even I managed to learn some new things about decoding their actions in their video, so let's take a look. Any excuse for a blog post full of cat photos, right?
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6 Mar 2018

All we have is this moment

Mom Jeans Styling | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Mom Jeans Styling | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Mom Jeans Styling | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I finally found the one...

The perfect pair of jeans, that is - I found Paddy a good while ago now (awwww how cute am I, please buy me pizza Paddy). I'd been trying to find a pair of mom-style jeans that I could actually squeeze my arse into for three or four years, and I have many vivid memories of trying on pair after pair in the Topshop changing rooms whilst I still lived in Aberdeen. It wasn't meant to be, and I kind of gave up trying, until I'd heard from Kat that ASOS stocked some pretty decent jeans, and I decided to give them a try.


Jeans - ASOS; Blouse - Zara (similar here); Belt - ASOS
Trainers - Adidas via ASOS; Sunglasses - Primark
Necklaces - Kate Spade and Thomas Sabo (old)



Thanks to the wonder that is ASOS Premier, the Farleigh Slim Mom Jeans were in my life less than 24 hours later, and it's been love ever since. They're not quite as pronounced a "mom" style as I originally wanted, but the relaxed fit and high waist have stolen my heart and I rarely wear anything else these days. It's been a long time since I've strayed from classic black skinny jeans as I felt they were the only style that suited me, but over the past year, I've grown to love a blue wash.

These jeans don't make me look like a supermodel, but they certainly make me feel sassy as hell. As does this leopard print blouse. A couple of years ago you wouldn't have caught me dead in an outfit like this, as I was forever trying to hide my big arse and opted for outfits that skimmed over my thighs, but as I grow that little bit older I definitely give less of a shit.

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1 Mar 2018

Murrayshall House Hotel, Perth

Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Murrayshall House Hotel Review Dinner Bed Breakfast Perth | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

With Paddy moving down south last year, our staycations have been few and far between. It's been difficult to coordinate any time away amongst his visits home and my odd weekend in the Midlands, so our love of visiting nice hotels and escaping for a weekend has been less indulged over the past 12 months. In a change to our usual programming, we actually managed to fit in a night away on Paddy's most recent visit home and took my lovely new car for a trip up to Perth.

The Hotel

The reason? To visit the recently refurbished Murrayshall House Hotel. The hotel is perched in the Perthshire hills, not far from the town of Scone and just over an hours drive from Glasgow. Situated on a 36-acre estate, the hotel is home to two golf courses, an array of rooms, a cocktail lounge, a restaurant and a brasserie.

The building itself is beautiful, and the grounds even more so. We were lucky in that we visited during a surprisingly Spring-like weekend so got to see the hills bathed in sunlight, which is a far cry from the Scottish weather at the moment. After checking in around 4pm we had a quick wander around the grounds to soak up some of that crisp Scottish air and have a bit of a nosey at what was going on.

The main car park was full when we arrived and it was clear that the Murrayshall is a favourite for many visitors. We ended up parking round at the back of the hotel, which would appear to be where the clubhouse for the golf course is, and as we walked back to the main door we could see just how busy it was inside.
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