29 Jul 2015

Not Nineteen Forever


In case you couldn't tell from the amazing crown (my mum knows me so well) and the incessant tweets, IT'S MY BIRTHDAY. Also known as the best day of the year, the day that calories don't count, the day that my cat has to love me unconditionally and the day I pretend I'm a princess.

In true blogger style I thought I'd pen a little ramble about leaving my teens behind but in reality it's just an excuse to be a total poser and show off my new hair colour in the process.

So, I am now a twenty-something. My teens are over and done with, but I doubt that will stop me incessantly being asked for ID when I try to buy just about any sort of age restricted product. I haven't been ID'ed when going to see a 12 at the cinema for a while though, so I guess that's a good sign.

Nineteen wasn't the worst year, but it was hard. I had some great times and met some amazing people - as ever - but I also made some difficult decisions and left some toxic friendships behind in the process. I lost a stone, which I will probably put back on this week, and started to regain my confidence after a shaky couple of years. Self doubt will always hang around in the back of my mind but I'm starting to believe in myself more and more with each passing day.

Twenty is the year of the gap year. It's the year I hopefully figure my life out and get myself on to the right path. It's a year for new experiences, exploration and hopefully a lot of growth. I have one of those "21 things before 21" lists that I'm hoping to tick off over the next year, but I'll share that with you later.

Just like January 1st, July 29th feels like a fresh start for me. I'm starting a new decade of my life (jeez) and it's one that I'm pretty damn excited for. I'm also excited to stuff my face with tapas tonight and spend tomorrow night dancing with my favourite people. I'm not quite so excited for the impending hangover however...


28 Jul 2015

Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill - #SassyBooks July

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When Hayley suggested that we try out "Only Ever Yours" for this month's #SassyBooks read I knew there was a reason I trusted her taste in books. Dystopian fiction is one of my favourite genres and "Only Ever Yours" sounded like the perfect fit for me. If you don't already know about #SassyBooks then you can catch up with all of the details here, and read my review of our first book here.

In a world where girls are no longer naturally conceived, they are genetically engineered with one single intention in mind - pleasing men for the rest of their existence. The girls, or "eves" as they are known are raised in The School, withstanding numerous regimes that are designed to preen them to perfection. Once the eves reach a certain age their final fate is determined, proceeding either to be a Companian, Concubine or Chastity.

The story focuses on two eves in particular, freida and isabel, who have been close since a young age. With the mounting pressure of their final year in The School their relationship starts to crack and isabel starts on a path of self destruction.

Without a doubt this book has a lot of talking points, which may be apparent from the synopsis alone. Some parts were a really difficult read and it was certainly very thought provoking, but it was so cleverly written that I just could not put it down and finished it all in one night. It was darker than I had expected and the plot took a totally unpredicted twist (for me at least). The characters are so well developed, with intense emotions that I'm sure many people can relate to.

Like many other novels in the dystopian genre there was a clear element of reflection of our current society, however in my opinion it does so in a slightly more subtle manner. The use of capitalisation to highlight perceived worth was a great little trick. It reminded me slightly of an episode of Black Mirror and I would definitely recommend reading this book if you do enjoy that show!

Overall, I absolutely loved this book. There were some uncomfortable moments, but on the whole I found it intelligent, dark and brooding. It's been a while since I was unable to put a book down so kudos to it for that! I did think the ending was a bit abrupt, but I think it's more than deserving of 4/5 stars. Make sure you check out everyone else's reviews via the #SassyBooks hashtag!

Our next book is going to be All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr a piece of historical fiction about a blind French girl and a young German boy who's lives collide during World War II.

27 Jul 2015

A #SantanderStaycation in Belgium

Something that has always bugged me is my inability to make photogenic food. I can sure as hell eat photogenic food - in fact it's a particular talent of mine - but my own culinary delights are very rarely aesthetically pleasing. Let's go with rustic, shall we?

This week is the most popular week for holidays but with my trip to Turkey being just over a month away I jumped at the opportunity to do a bit of travelling via my kitchen. I was challenged to host a dinner party reflecting one of many popular travel destinations for my very own #SantanderStaycation.

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances my dinner party ended up turning in to a party for two, but on the upside that just means all the more food for me...

When it came to choosing my country there was certainly a lot of Pinterest-ing involved. With a great selection to choose from, including Hong Kong and the USA, it was a difficult task but I eventually settled on Belgium. I remembered my love for Belgian waffles and worked my way back from there - discovering a few delicious sounding dishes on the way.

Santander 123 Credit Card have been looking in to the real cost of our summer holidays and Belgium ranks pretty highly when it comes to the average daily spend, clocking in at £88 a day excluding the hotel - eek. In comparison to other popular destinations this has been pretty consistent for the past few years now, rising only 12% since 2010, whereas places like Hong Kong have seen a whopping 113% rise in their daily spend! Ooft...

Belgian cuisine takes a lot of influence from the neighbouring countries of France, Germany and the Netherlands which is pretty clear in a lot of their more popular meals. There are a few distinct national dishes for the country, but the standard fare of burgers and spag bol are also quite popular there too! My kind of country.

To start I decided to put together a little charcuterie/cheeseboard combination with a variety of continental meats and cheeses. You can't beat a bit of gouda! I also included a selection of pate, alioli and potato croquettes to round it all off.

There is a bit of a debate regarding the origins of steak frites (or good old steak and chips to you and me) however it's mostly been narrowed down to either Belgium or France. I had never cooked steak before, or chips, so it was possibly a slightly risky decision to make them under pressure. In that respect I suppose it was a blessing that our other guests couldn't make it! Less people to poison...

In the end it actually turned out really well - despite lots of arguing and a very smoky kitchen. I was kind of surprised by how good the steak was, although a lot of that could be put down to it being a nicer cut, and although the chips were a tad burnt crispy on the outside they were soft and fluffy on the inside. Not bad for a first attempt!

Without a doubt the main event of the evening had to be our waffles. Again, I'd never made waffles before, nor do I own a waffle maker, but with the help of a griddle pan and lots of yummy toppings they turned out to be quite a treat. Obviously I just had to have some Belgian chocolate sauce on my Belgian waffles... it would be a disgrace if I didn't!

Let's just say I really want to visit Belgium now...

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23 Jul 2015

My Current Skincare Saviours

Cheap Skincare for Dry Combination Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

For a while my skin was having what can only be described as a tantrum. It was not fun. It was dry, flaky and painful, with the days of the occasional breakout replaced by angry, inflamed spots popping up every day. I still don't know what happening, but I'm blaming the weather... it's always the weather.

Luckily it's all started to clear up now and my skin is looking better than ever. I think I've got my routine totally nailed with these four products. It's a pretty simple routine and - much to my delight - it's also pretty affordable too. If I'm being honest it's a dream come true!

Cheap Skincare for Dry Combination Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil - £11 from The Body Shop

At first I wasn't too blown away by the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (first review here) but since then it's become a staple in my routine and I'll rave about it to anyone who listens. I am yet to find something that glides through my makeup as effortlessly as this. It's so easy to use (if you read the instructions unlike me at first) and means I have no excuse not to take my makeup off before bed! It lasts forever too, this is my second bottle in 10 months and I use every day I wear makeup. I use this with a muslin cloth but that's my own preference, you don't need to faff about with any cloths or cotton pads which makes it great for travelling.

Exfoliating Cleanser - £10.50 from Facetheory

An exfoliating cleanser is a must have in my routine as it helps me keep on top of my pesky dry patches, so this cleanser from Facetheory has been a very welcome addition to my collection. With that wonder ingredient that is glycolic acid this cleanser buffs and brightens without the redness that comes alongside many other exfoliating products. It helps keep my skin soft and ensures that my pores are squeaky clean and build up free. This cleanser is intended more for oily/combination skin and mine leans a bit more on the dry side but it works really well for me without drying it out even more. It's available either scented or unscented, it's cruelty free, vegan and paraben free - an all rounder really.

Cheap Skincare for Dry Combination Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads - £12.99 from Boots

Another product that I have raved about before is the Nip + Fab Exfoliating Facial Pads which I loved from the very beginning (review here). After my initial tub ran out I made the decision to shop my stash as opposed to repurchasing so I went without for a few months and the difference was really apparent. A few weeks ago I spotted them on offer so finally picked up another tub and our love affair was rekindled. The best way to describe these pads is miracle workers. I seriously cannot get enough of them and really fancy trying out the new "extreme" version too. I might pick up some of their other ranges whilst I'm at it!

Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil - £15.00 from The Body Shop

Something I never thought that I needed in my routine was an oil, but after picking up the Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil on a bit of a whim I was swiftly proven wrong. I give the Vitamin E range from The Body Shop full credit for fixing my skin to a point that I felt confident enough to go barefaced (when I would rather sleep longer than apply my makeup) so I always look to it when I need something new. I'd used the standard serum before and had brilliant results, but this is even better. One little drop covers my entire face and after leaving it to sink in overnight the end result is beautifully soft, plump and hydrated skin - just what you're wanting.

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22 Jul 2015

It's been waiting for you

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Colours and Carousels | Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion Blog

Colours and Carousels | Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion Blog
Top - Miss Selfridge via charity shop
Jeans - Primark
Trainers - Nike Outlet
Bag - eBay

Recently I've been finding that charity shops are starting to take the mick. Charging over the odds for a second hand Primark dress? No thank you. However not so long ago a new charity shop opened down the street from me that has had some amazing bargains, like this dress that I posted about a while back. Whilst browsing the rails I came across this gorgeous embellished top from Miss Selfridge and nearly put it back, expecting it to cost a small fortune, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was only £3. It's safe to say that this is my new favourite charity shop!

This next fortnight is going to be probably the busiest I've had in a while with only one free day, but lots of exciting things are happening! This week I'm starting back interning in the Becky White PR office and then my mum & dad will be coming back from their cruise (I can't wait to see them) then next week it's my birthday week and I've got a jam packed diary. The blogger meet up that I've arranged is just under two weeks away which is very scary but fingers crossed it all goes well. I can't wait for my room to look less like a sorting office and more like a bedroom again...

What are you up to this week - any exciting plans?

21 Jul 2015

Bamble Vintage

I lose too many hours of my life to Etsy. It's such a treasure trove when it comes to one off pieces that you won't see everyone and their mum wearing down the high street next week, which is just one of the many reasons why I love it.

I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to vintage shopping aside from a few shops in Glasgow, but for unique vintage clothes & accessories you can't beat Bamble Vintage. I've been a fan of Sophie's shop for a couple of years now after she introduced herself to me via email and can't recommend her shop enough. Not only is she the loveliest person, she goes out of her way to make sure that her pieces are the best quality and sure knows how to treat her customers.

Some of my favourites from her shop at the moment include this oversized red hair bow which I can imagine would look brilliant paired with this retro blouse and a pair of jeans. This metallic rain jacket is particularly gorgeous and definitely a staple piece for the Scottish summer weather! If you spy anything you fancy you can get 15% off orders over £10 with the code "COLOURSANDCAROUSELS" which is valid till the end of the month.

Do you have any favourite Etsy shops? I love finding new ones so please send them my way!

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20 Jul 2015

Celebrating #20LushYears with Lush Sauchiehall St

Lush 20th Anniversary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Lush 20th Anniversary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Lush 20th Anniversary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Like many bloggers I am a massive fan of Lush, so when I was invited to celebrate their 20th anniversary at a party in their Sauchiehall Street you could probably hear the excited squeals a mile away. Luckily, I was certainly not disappointed and the team in the store were absolutely fantastic hosts.

The Sauchiehall Store is the smaller of the two stores in the city centre, but this makes it one of my favourites to shop in as it's usually a bit quieter and easier to get a proper look at what's on offer. It was even better having the whole shop reserved for a handful of bloggers and I was delighted to be let loose with my camera. What is it about Lush stores that are so photogenic?!

Lush 20th Anniversary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Lush 20th Anniversary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Lush 20th Anniversary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Throughout the night the lovely staff went out of their way to keep us happy (I ate a lot of party rings) and make sure we were entertained. Despite having loved Lush for many years now I didn't actually know all that much about the history of the company and some of their products so I absolutely loved hearing more about the beginnings of the company and how it's grown to be the bath time superstar of the current day. I was in my element hearing all about how they ensure their ingredients are sourced from sustainable channels and I came away with an even bigger list of products to try... it's a miracle I ever have any money.

Lush 20th Anniversary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Lush 20th Anniversary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

As well as demonstrations of their best selling products we were lucky enough to get a cheeky preview of some of the Oxford Street exclusives that are making their way out to the other stores (and a couple that aren't... booooooo!) which all looked like brilliant additions to my bath time line up. I think I'll need to make a pilgrimage to the Oxford Street store as soon as possible.

Lush 20th Anniversary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

A visit to the Lush Spa has been on my bucket list for the longest time and after a demonstration of one of the treatments it's place has been well and truly cemented. I think I'll have to treat myself to the spa gift box to tide me over in the mean time because I am so desperate for the brownie batter-esque The Comforter body scrub. Not only does it build on my all time favourite bubble bar, but it leaves you with silky soft skin - something I am always on the hunt for.

Lush 20th Anniversary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Lush 20th Anniversary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Lush 20th Anniversary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Lush 20th Anniversary | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

As if that wasn't enough we were given the chance to make our own Big Blue bath ballistics and it was a lot harder than it looks. I loved seeing how the iconic fizzers were made and now I have my own little unique one for myself! I haven't used mine yet but I'm saving it for a nice chilled out bath on Wednesday night. They were just one of the great products in the super generous goody bags we got on the night - I'm so excited to properly try them all out as soon as I have the chance. I've been loving the Percup massage bar which is one that I usually ignored when in store.

We rounded off the night with a Drag Race style "Who Wore It Best?" competition using the beautiful knot wraps available in store. I know that they're intended to be used as gift wrap, but I couldn't help think of how useful an addition it would be to my wardrobe... typical me.

Watch my video about the event here.

18 Jul 2015

10 Happy Things #2

10 of the things that have been making me smile this week | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Fashion & Beauty Blog

1. I decided to treat my hair to a little refresh and had a colour overhaul at Blow in Finnieston - there'll be a full post up soon but I'm loving my new locks!

2. I cried tears of happiness when the sweetest birthday surprise arrived at my door from the incredible Lis, we've been sharing some very long emails recently and she's one of my favourite people. You may recognise the Cat Lady necklace by Claire Barclay Draws from my birthday wishlist... that's one thing ticked off!

3. Claire Barclay plays a pretty large part in my week as I arrived home from work to an extra little piece in my parcel! I'd ordered myself one of the personalised name necklaces and she popped in one of her new brooches too - so appropriate for a peely wally lass like myself.

4. I feel like I've barely had a minute to myself lately so I'm loving crawling in to my cosy bed every night and getting stuck in to a good book. It's the little things!

5. I've been frequenting Jellybear quite a bit since my first visit a couple of weeks ago. It's hard to resist their amazing cookie dough, especially when you can get it to takeaway too...

6. Last summer I spent a few weeks interning at Becky White PR, and I'm really happy to say that I'm going to be doing the same again this year! It was a bit of a last minute thing, but on Tuesday I'll be starting back at the office and I'm really excited to learn more from the lovely team.

7. All of the tickets for the meet up I'm arranging have now been reserved which is a tiny bit crazy to think about. I'm totally blown away by the response that I've had and it's so exciting seeing it all come together!

8. My mum and dad are currently off on a cruise around the Baltic, and whilst I'm incredibly jealous of the beautiful places they're visiting I am loving the new level attention I'm getting from the cat after he's realised that I'm the one who'll be feeding him. Yup, I'm bribing him to love me with food.

9. A couple of weeks ago I attended such a gorgeous wedding. The sun was shining, we had a barbecue and there was an ice cream van for dessert. If you hadn't already guessed - food makes me happy.

10. My holiday is getting closer and closer... as well as it not being as long till I'm on the beach with cocktail in hand, this also means I can start shopping for my holiday wardrobe!

And for a sneaky number 11. This is my 700th published post, woooooo!

What's been making you smile this week?

16 Jul 2015

Meet My July Advertisers!

It makes my heart swell to have such lovely people hanging out in my sidebar every month, I always find some new favourite blogs and I hope you guys do too! This month I have even more brilliant ladies on board and I can't wait to introduce them to you...

July Advertisers | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion Blog

Large Advertiser - Charlotte Actually

I’m Charlotte, a 25-year-old London based blogger who likes to write about beauty, fashion, food and friends. I grew up in London so I love to write about my life in the capital, as well as including as many puns as possible in my posts. Terrible I know but I’m a sucker for a good pun. Come say hi at https://charlotteactually.wordpress.com

Medium Advertisers - Cheekyboo, All About Clair & The Vegan Taff

Hello! I'm Rebecca and I'd like to introduce you to my new online store cheekyboo; a place full of quirky handmade items from independent designer makers. Cheekyboo stocks a growing variety of cute gifts and accessories as well as homeware items and stationery. Some items are exclusive just to us and new stock arrives regularly so you'll never know what unique, one offs you might find unless you come on over and visit us! www.cheekybooshop.com

Hi I’m Clair, a 23 marketing coordinator living in the heart of Wiltshire (but wishing I lived in London). I originally started my blog in 2012 after being introduced to the community by my cousin, but I’ve only really got into it properly in the past year. All About Clair is packed full of lots of different things – outfit inspiration, beauty reviews and edits, fashion DIYs, and the odd baking post or two…pretty much everything I love. It’s a way for me to present my thoughts and ideas, as well as an excuse to improve my photography and writing skills.

Some things you should probably know about me
- I’m a die hard Taylor Swift fan
- I’m the proud mummy to a dog called Cooper
- I’m addicted to magazines; I can’t go into a shop without buying one!

Thank you so much for reading my blog - it really means the world to me!

Hello, my name's Kelly and I run The Vegan Taff, which is a UK based, cruelty-free beauty and lifestyle blog. I love beauty and my favourite thing is finding new vegan products, especially 'accidentally vegan' ones. I also like to talk about all areas of cruelty-free living; whether that's recipes, social media, or simply what I've been up to lately. On The Vegan Taff, you'll find lots of different topics merged together with my love of all things pretty, and a fair amount of nail polish too. Please feel free to stop by and say “hello” anytime, I hope you like my little corner of the internet!

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This month my small advertisers are Sue's Little Gems and Bamble Vintage - get 15% off orders over £10 from Bamble Vintage with the code COLOURSANDCAROUSELS until July 31st!


14 Jul 2015

A Perfect Storm

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Colours and Carousels | Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion Blogger

Colours and Carousels | Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion Blogger

Colours and Carousels | Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion Blogger
Top - InTheStyle
Trousers - Dorothy Perkins
Bag - Primark
Jacket - vintage
Shoes - George at Asda
Brooch - Claire Barclay Draws 

Glasgow, the city that summer forgot.

Ah how I love heading in to the city centre on what should be a sunny July morning to be met with torrential downpours and gloomy grey skies. I love this city, but we really need to talk about this weather. Where is the sunshine?!

Yesterday I met up with Jenny with the intention of filming a couple of lookbooks for our YouTube channels, but sadly the weather had other plans. After dipping in to Hutcheson's for a quick coffee and some snacks (cheese solves everything) we decided to seek shelter in the Gallery of Modern Art for a while.

The GoMA is one of my favourite places in Glasgow. It's entirely free to enter and they always have some amazing exhibitions on. The building itself is just beautiful and smack bang in the heart of the city. I could waste many an hour wandering around admiring the work. Definitely worth visiting if you're caught up in a downpour like us!

Drowned rat look aside, I absolutely adore these trousers. You may have seen them in my recent haul video, where I mentioned that I just want to wear them everywhere. I love how they look with a more casual outfit like this, but they really come in to their own when they're a bit more dressed up. Sadly the rain got in the way of us shooting that outfit, so you'll just need to wait and see ;)

Things haven't been quite so regular over on the blog front at the moment and I'm really hoping to get back to it all properly soon. Right now pretty much all of my time is invested in the final preparation for #ScotBlogMeet and horrendous shifts at work. Every year I find myself saying that July is one of my busiest months and this year is no different! The last week is going to be a tiny bit crazy but once that's out of the way everything should calm down a bit.

What have you been up to lately?

11 Jul 2015

Saturday Share #3

  • Amber's blog is one of my all time favourites, her posts are just on another level and I particularly enjoyed this one: The Truth About Blogging for Money
  • Gemma's blog is quite a recent find and I'm totally shocked she doesn't have more followers. Her photography game is so strong and I found her post about backgrounds & props for blog photography really handy
  • If you're after cute, affordable vintage pieces then Bamble Vintage is the place for you. I've got a full post coming up soon but it's worth mentioning that you can get 15% off of all orders over £10 with the code COLOURSANDCAROUSELS until July 31st
  • Yep. I'm already shopping for my 2016 diary, but I think I've found the one. This Busy Life Diary from Busy B has room for two concurrent schedules and looks like it would be ideal to keep my personal & blog schedule in the one place!
  • If you have a lot of spare time and are looking for a way to make some extra pennies, check out this article from Buzzfeed with 26 Ways To Make Money in Your Spare Time
  • Glasgow is home to some incredible talent and Ayden is sharing some of the gorgeous Glasgow Girl Bosses
  • This is a bit of an old post from Decor8 but it doesn't mean it's any less important that bloggers are paid for their hard work.
  • I like to think that I'm a reasonably self motivated person but I do have my moments of procrastination. I loved this post on ways to stay motivated when working from home and I'll definitely be implementing some of the tips in the future.

What have you been loving on the internet this week?


10 Jul 2015

Birthday Wishlist

I like July. Holidays are usually in July - although this year I still have another two months to wait - and the weather can be alright sometimes. By Scottish standards at least! Another reason I like July is the fact that is my birthday month and despite nearing my twentieth year on this planet I am still full of childlike excitement about the day that I get to spend with the people who mean the most to me eating to my hearts desire. Priorities, eh?

I've had my eye on a lot of things lately, but it's been that annoying time of year where I should really avoid buying things in case I'm generously gifted something similar. In all honesty this is just the things I want to buy myself but feel like I should wait until after my birthday to do so... but seeing as my birthday is coming up it makes sense to call it a "birthday wishlist" of sorts.

Nars Sheer Glow has been on my "to buy" list for months now, I know exactly what shade I need (unsurprisingly the lightest available) and I finally decided between Sheer Glow and Sheer Matte, but every time I go to a counter I chicken out of buying it. It's a lot to spend on a foundation but I can't shake this feeling that it might be the one... Of course a lovely new foundation requires lovely new brushes and living up to true blogger stereotypes I am desperate for the latest release from Zoeva's Rose Gold collections. My current brushes are in a pretty sorry state and mostly need replacing so I think this set would have the basics covered!

Much like last year's wishlist (judging by this post I haven't changed much, I definitely still need new Vans) I have found yet another blog related mug that I need in my life. This Bloggers Gonna Blog mug that I found on Etsy would be a very welcome addition to last year's "Go Away I'm Blogging" mug that houses my morning cuppa on a daily basis.

It's no secret that I adore Claire Barclay's work - I mean my header is designed by her so surely that suggest I like it a little bit right? So really it shouldn't be surprising that this adorable Cat Lady necklace features in this wish list! I finally got round to treating myself to one of the personalised name necklaces earlier this week which I'm super excited to wear also. To be honest, anything from her shop would make me a happy lady.

I have been moaning about needing a new handbag for what feels like forever, but as per usual I haven't actually bothered buying one. A couple of months ago there was a bag in Ted Baker that I adored but it disappeared before I had the chance to buy it. When looking at the newer releases I found this stunning bag in the same style which I think will have to be my next victim. I'd love a Kate Spade bag, but I'm trying to save myself for when I eventually make it over to America to pick one up in an outlet, so the gorgeous range on offer at Ted Baker at the moment is definitely for me. Hopefully the original bag will turn up in the outlet in Livingston at some point too!

Since upgrading to my Samsung last month I've been really intrigued by the wireless charging feature, so would love one of these little wireless charger pads to try it out! I prefer the all white version but it didn't show up very well in the photo, sigh. I think it'd be really handy having one of these on my desk next to my laptop for during the day if needed.

Finally, I've been toying with investing in a new camera for a long time now. I adore my Nikon D3100 but I've had it for a fair few years now and it's starting to show. It makes a really strange noise when it's turned on and I've managed to crack my viewfinder (more irritating than impractical), however the amount I've invested in other kit for the camera is making it a hard decision for me. I've heard really great things about the Canon EOS M compact system camera which has been on offer on Amazon for a while now. After lugging a heavy DSLR around for years a compact system like the EOS M is appealing, but I just can't decide if I'm ready for it yet!

Is there anything you've got your eye on at the moment?


8 Jul 2015

Oreo Cookie Truffles

Let's ignore the fact that I'm going on holiday in less than eight weeks and that my dentist told me yesterday that I need my first ever filling next week so should really be eating less sugar, and instead focus on the fact in hand that Oreos taste nice.

I've been meaning to make Oreo Truffles for what feels like years but never got round to it, so when I was wandering down the biscuit aisle of my local supermarket and spotted a packet on offer I figured I should finally give them a go. Most of the recipes I had found online use cream cheese, however this means that they really need to be stored in the fridge and food is not safe in the fridge in my house. I have a teenage brother. So, instead I decided to try condensed milk instead and they worked out pretty damn well if I do say so myself!

Oreos (I used a packet and a half and got about 16-20 truffles of varying size)
3 tablespoons condensed milk - give or take
200g milk chocolate
100g white chocolate

The method is really simple. Crush your Oreos using a plastic food bag and a rolling pin (or a food processor if you have one) until you have reasonably fine crumbs. Stir in your condensed milk a little at a time until the mixture has a consistency similar to that of cookie dough. Once formed, it's time to get a little bit messy. Roll small portions of the mixture in to a ball using your hands then place on a lined baking tray. Once you've filled your baking tray, pop them in to the fridge and leave them to set for about an hour or so, or if you're in a rush you can put them in the freezer for ten minutes! Melt your milk chocolate and dip the truffles in to fully coat them in the chocolate (I use two forks to try and make this as easy as possible) then return them to the baking tray. When you've covered all of your truffles put them back in the fridge for a little while so the chocolate sets before drizzling some of the melted white chocolate over the top. That last stage is purely decorative so can be skipped if you want!

Do you think you'll make these? I'd love to see how they turn out if you do!

P.S. There's a new video up on my channel today!


6 Jul 2015

Debenhams Summer Soiree

Debenhams Summer Soiree | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle Blog

One of the best things about being back in Glasgow - blog wise - is being able to actually attend events again. I love catching up with other bloggers and seeing what's going on in the city, so I was beyond excited to head to the #DebsSummerSoiree last Thursday in the relatively new restaurant Gusto. Gusto is definitely on my to-visit list and it's place has been well and truly cemented by how amazing the food smelled, the delicious cocktails and fantastic atmosphere within the restaurant. You know me, I love food!

I met up with Jenny just before the event and in typical Scottish fashion our summery outfits were met with a torrential downpour - cue some soaked sandals and a mad dash to the venue! Despite arriving a bit early we were greeted with open arms and a very welcome glass of champagne before diving in to see what was going on.

Debenhams Summer Soiree | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle Blog

Debenhams Summer Soiree | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle Blog

Debenhams Summer Soiree | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle Blog

Debenhams Summer Soiree | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle Blog

Debenhams Summer Soiree | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle Blog

Debenhams Summer Soiree | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle Blog

Debenhams Summer Soiree | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle Blog

Every season you can rely on Debenhams to have some fantastic fashion staples and incredible accessories. This summer is no different with statement necklaces, gorgeous prints and beautiful shoes galore! The palm print heels from H! by Henry Holland were particular favourites and a total bargain at £35 - I smell a pre-birthday treat... You can find them on the Debenhams website here if you are also in love with them like me.

Fashionable footwear aside, the range of swimwear and other summer pieces has made me quite desperate to get started on my holiday shopping. I have my eye on a couple of bikinis at the moment, including the brilliant aztec print one pictured above. Debenhams definitely have poolside chic nailed down, it's a must visit if you're shopping for your summer wardrobe!

Debenhams Summer Soiree | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle Blog

Debenhams Summer Soiree | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle Blog

As a beauty obsessive I was so excited to have a nosey at some of the latest releases from a few of my favourite brands including Benefit, Urban Decay and Nails Inc. Let's just say my shopping list has had a fair few new additions since Thursday night...

I'm particularly excited about the launch of Benefit's new colours for the They're Real range as I'm quite intrigued to see how the colours would work for me. I've been reading lots of reviews about the range recently and am leaning towards picking up a couple of the green pieces! Other eye catching products included Urban Decay's Afterglow blushes from their summer collection. Must haves for a sweep of summer colour! Are you noticing a theme here? Summer = colour. Which is surprising for someone who's wardrobe consists primarily of grey...

Debenhams Summer Soiree | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle Blog

Debenhams Summer Soiree | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle Blog

Debenhams Summer Soiree | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle Blog

In the past I've been to press events that have been a little bit on the boring side, which I feel so guilty for saying, but the Debenhams Summer Soiree was the complete opposite. As far as press evening activities go, they had it covered. From the rounds of delicious cocktails and canapés (enough to keep me happy!) to DIY flower crown workshops and some arm candy in the form of temporary tattoos from Bare Baroque it was a really great evening!

Massive thanks goes to Debenhams for inviting me along, you guys sure know how to entertain!

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