19 Sep 2018

Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves?

Young woman in green top posing in street
Young woman in green top posing in street

Sometimes I have to remind myself that I am only 23 years old

Emphasis on the only. Yes, I may feel old, but I’m not. I’m hopefully less than a third of the way through my life, maybe a quarter if I’m lucky. I’m still very much “young”, despite the joy I find in staying in and buying new duvets. I’m an old soul, but that doesn’t change my age.

The thing is, society seems to tell us that we have to reach certain milestones at distinct points in our lives. I remember thinking quite clearly when I was in my teens that I would be married with a house and children at 25 years old. I’m less than two years away from 25 now, and I can quite honestly say that I don’t want that to happen. The house, yes, but I’ll be replacing those hypothetical children with dogs for now.

People often comment on how much I take on, which made me realise that I sure do like to fill up my plate a lot. At the moment I’m trying to balance two growing businesses and a blog whilst attempting to finish my degree, have a semblance of a social life and make regular visits to the gym. Why? Who is telling me I have to do all of this stuff? Why do I feel so much pressure to have such a hectic life?


Top - ASOS, Jeans - New Look, Shoes - ASOS


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12 Sep 2018

Brand Focus: Pixi Beauty

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Picture of Pixi Beauty Rose Blend Oil lying on a blanket

Pixi is definitely a bit of a “blogger favourite” brand these days, but up until the start of this year, I hadn’t actually tried any of their products for myself. Back in March, I had my first experiences with their cult Glow Tonic and straight away I could see why everyone loved them so much.

I’ve been trying to focus on cruelty-free beauty this year and finding brands like Pixi makes it so much easier. I know I can rely on their products to work for my skin, and although they’re not the cheapest of ranges they’re definitely not the most expensive. I wasn’t quite sure what all the hype was about before I tried them for myself, but having put them to the test I’m sold. I’d even go as far as to say that Pixi is my favourite beauty brand of 2018… but there are still 3 months left so we’ll see!

If you’re like I used to be, and are yet to understand the hype surrounding Pixi Beauty, here are some of my highlights from the brand’s range so far. Some of these products were kindly gifted to me at a press dinner earlier this summer, but I’ve already made some repurchases since then. That’s when you know they’re good - I’m not typically brand loyal.

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5 Sep 2018

Creating a Workspace That Works for You

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Inspiring Student Workspace Decor Inspiration Ideas | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Inspiring Student Workspace Decor Inspiration Ideas | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Inspiring Student Workspace Decor Inspiration Ideas | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Tidy desk, tidy mind

Or so they say, anyway. Whatever the general consensus is, I do find that I tend to work better and be in a better frame of mind if my space is tidy. That doesn't mean that I'm great at keeping it tidy, because both my mum and my floordrobe will attest to my bad habits, but I do try my best.

With the start of a new year at university looming, it seemed like a good opportunity to rejig my workspace a bit and get myself ready for the long days of studying that lie ahead. Yes, I will find any excuse for "productive procrastination" as I possibly can. I mean, it's worked, because here I am writing this blog post from my nice tidy desk.

My favourite Pinterest board is my workspace inspiration board, which I add to most days. I'm mostly saving inspiration for the day when I finally buy a house and have a spare room to turn into a beautiful office, as opposed to shoving a desk into a corner of my cramped room - but it still comes in handy in the meantime.

If you, like me, find that having a nice workspace works wonders for your productivity, then here are some of my top tips for creating a workspace that really works, no matter how much space you have.


Notepad & notebook - Annie Dornan Smith
Never look back, never give up print - Cawligraphy


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22 Aug 2018

The Elphinstone Hotel, Biggar

Elphinstone Hotel Biggar Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Elphinstone Hotel Biggar Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Elphinstone Hotel Biggar Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Elphinstone Hotel Biggar Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Elphinstone Hotel Biggar Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Elphinstone Hotel Biggar Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

My mum and I love programmes like Four in a Bed and Hotel Inspector, so I guess it’s only natural that I also love visiting new hotels. Reviewing hotels is definitely one of my favourite “blogger perks”, and I always love being able to share these perks with my friends and family, too. My mum and I were originally supposed to head down to Biggar earlier this year, but when my dad’s health issues came to light we had to postpone for a couple of months. Instead, we ended up taking our trip to Biggar to review the Elphinstone Hotel at the start of this month, making it a welcome end to both of our summers. 

Biggar sits right on the edge of the Clyde Valley and The Borders, making it a great base for exploring some of the beautiful tourist attractions on offer in both areas. It’s about an hour’s drive from Glasgow and the same from Edinburgh, so it’s not too far to travel and the route is very scenic - winding through the countryside with great views over the hills. Nearby, you’ll find plenty of botanic gardens, museums and country estates, as well as long walks, waterfalls and cycle paths aplenty.

We arrived in Biggar at about 4pm on a Saturday afternoon and checked in to the Elphinstone before heading out for a wander around the town before getting ready for dinner. It’s a quiet little town, but it has some lovely independent shops and charity shops to peruse - another favourite activity for me and my mum. I could have happily spent a whole day browsing their local bookshop. Things were closing up as we wandered, so we didn’t have time to stop in every shop, but we wandered the length of the town to see what was on offer. Alongside the shops, there were some little museums to pop your head into, as well as a puppet theatre.

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15 Aug 2018

Flying the Nest

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Flying the Nest | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Flying the Nest | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Flying the Nest | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

How do you know when you’re ready to make the move?

Recently, Paddy and I have started making moves toward, eh, moving. We’ve been together for over eight years now and it feels right that we finally start thinking about moving in together. We’ve talked about it plenty of times before, but the timing has never been right up until now.

This is the first time in our relationship where we’ve both been living and working in the same city since I left high school. I spent two years studying in Aberdeen, and then when I returned neither of us had a job that would have really allowed us to move out. Then, Paddy did get a job, but it was hundreds of miles away in Leicester, and I had a degree to finish.

Now we’re both in the same city, both with jobs that put us in a position to afford the responsibilities and necessities that come with moving out, and it’s time to look at flying the nest. Our original plan had been to move out within the next few months and rent closer to the city centre, but we’ve since realised that saving to buy is a bit more attainable than we’d first realised.
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7 Aug 2018

citizenM London Shoreditch

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CitizenM London Shoreditch Hotel Review Where to stay London | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
CitizenM London Shoreditch Hotel Review Where to stay London | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
CitizenM London Shoreditch Hotel Review Where to stay London | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Our First citizenM Experience

Visiting London is frustratingly expensive sometimes, with a long weekend costing just as much as a week abroad. As amazing as the capital is, it’s somewhere I don’t visit half as much as I’d like. In fact, until my visit earlier this month, it had been the best part of four years since my last visit.

We spent a long time deliberating over hotels, but as CitizenM had been a brand we’d wanted to try out for a while now, we ended up picking their Shoreditch hotel for our stay. There wasn’t much difference in price between this and some of the other hotels we’d look at, mostly around Shoreditch or Tower Bridge, with three nights setting us back just short of £380. This didn’t include breakfast, which was an additional £16 per person.

The Shoreditch hotel is easy enough to get to - after arriving in Euston we hopped on the tube to Old Street, and from there it was less than ten minutes walking. It’s tucked away down a side street, but you can’t miss it as it’s pretty tall. The main lobby is on the first floor, as opposed to the ground, and consists of a bank of self-check-in desks. There was a short queue when we arrived, but it had soon dissipated before we’d even had a chance to find our booking reservation.
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25 Jul 2018

A Letter to my 13-Year-Old Self

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Letter to my 13 year old self | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

On Sunday, you’ll turn 23.

I know that Blink 182 famously say that nobody likes you when you’re 23, but you’ll be okay with that by now. We’ve learned a lot over the past ten years, and realising that not everybody is going to like you was a late-but-welcome player in that game.

Right now, you’ll probably think you’ve got things sussed out - like all thirteen-year-olds do. When you turn 23 you’ll barely remember being 20, let alone 13, and the things that are taking over your life right now will barely matter. Arguments with friends might seem like the end of the world right now, but in ten years time, you’ll realise that it was all for the best.

I know that school is a difficult path to tread, and I can tell you that it doesn’t really get any easier. The “support system” in place in that school will let you down more times than you can count, and they will push you towards a future that is not meant to be. You will struggle with exams, you’ll fail prelims and it will be suggested that you’ll need to repeat a year - but you will persevere.

You’ll persevere, and you’ll ace those exams. The voices and guidance provided by the school will tell you to go to university. That voice in your head will tell you that fashion is the right choice and moving away will be good for you - it won’t. It’ll nearly break you, but you are strong, and you will make it through. At thirteen, you won’t even be thinking about your career path, but when it takes an unplanned turn you’ll learn to embrace it. It’ll work. You’ll find a new way forward and you will get to where you want to be eventually. Even now, on the cusp of 23, you’re not quite there yet - but it’s within reach.


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18 Jul 2018

Everything I’ve Read So Far in 2018 - Part Two


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We’ve moved into the third quarter of the year at breakneck speed and it’s time for another lengthy update on my recent reads. Much like the first quarter of the year, I read a lot between April and June.  I really need to start writing these reading updates more often, because they end up so long otherwise! I’ve still got a growing pile of books beside my bed, and my wishlist is always growing, but here’s what I’ve loved getting stuck into over the last few months…

The F Word by Lily Pebbles 

I desperately wanted to love this book but it fell so short of the mark for me. The F Word is marketed as an “exploration of modern female friendship”, but it’s more of a memoir of Lily’s experiences with her own friends. I found this really repetitive and poorly edited, reading like a mishmash of agony aunt style advice columns that you’d find in the likes of Shout. I think it maybe should have been marketed to a younger audience, although some parts came across as preachy and a tad patronising. I usually enjoy Lily’s work, but this just was not for me.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 

This was one hell of a hyped up book - to the point that I was actually a bit worried that it would fall short of the mark for me. Fortunately, it didn’t, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Eleanor Oliphant struggles with social skills and lives a relatively small existence - timetabling her life to avoid social interactions, and spending her weekends with a frozen pizza and a bottle of vodka. One day, Eleanor meets someone and everything changes. It was quite an emotional read, to be honest, and I did spend a lot of time feeling sorry for Eleanor. There was some really heartwarming character development and had plenty of humour, despite the tinge of sadness. So worth a read.

Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton 

I was a bit reluctant to get stuck into Dolly Alderton’s memoir after having read The F Word, but this was so much better. My god, Dolly can write. Even though I couldn’t relate to a lot of her experiences - having been with my boyfriend since I was fourteen and being too painfully awkward to attend many parties - I loved every minute of this book. She made me feel like I was her best pal, and she was just filling me in on the weekend’s activities. Everything I Know About Love was a rollercoaster of emotion - it was hilarious, heartbreaking and honest. It’s cliche, but this book made me laugh and cry.
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11 Jul 2018

Blogging and Money

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Blogging and Money | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I think we need to talk about money more.

When I was a guest on Julia’s podcast, Easy Numbers, we briefly discussed the impact that blogging has on spending. Blogging and money will forever be intertwined, for many reasons. It’s a complicated issue, and after thinking about it for a while, it’s something that has undoubtedly had an impact on my life.

I don’t think we can deny that bloggers who are in a position to spend more money are more likely to be successful. There is a lot of “keeping up with the Joneses” in the blogosphere, and more often than not you will see the same people doing the same things becoming more and more well known. It’s biased, but so is life. At the same time, blogging does give other people a platform. It’s - for the most part - accessible. You can set up a free blog and get writing in a matter of clicks. It’s a great thing, really.

Having been present in the “fashion, beauty and lifestyle” sphere of bloggers for over eight years now, I think we also have to address the fact that it is encouraging spending. We’re always hyping new releases, new experiences, the latest sales or the hottest restaurants to visit. Some people do this with dubious intentions, some don’t. It can be hard to discern the difference sometimes.
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4 Jul 2018

New In: Summer Beauty

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New Beauty Releases First Impressions 2018 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I’ve been on a bit of a quest this year to be more conscious of my shopping habits. One of the biggest things here, for me, was making more of an effort to use up what I had before I got sucked in by the latest beauty launch. It was a bad habit I picked up, and I suppose I could partly blame it on blogging, but my beauty stash was getting out of control and I just wasn’t using any of it.

As a result, I’ve not had as many “new” products to talk about on here, as much of what I’ve been using are things I’ve already spoken about or reviewed at length before. Although blogging does have a slightly detrimental effect on my shopping habits, it does come with the benefit of press samples, and as a result, I’ve been kindly sent a few new releases to try. Let’s take a look at the three brands that have stood out to me so far and have been a welcome addition to my collection for summer.
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27 Jun 2018

My Guide to Glasgow

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Ultimate Guide to Visiting Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Ultimate Guide to Visiting Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I love where I live

I talk about Glasgow a lot. Personally, I think it’s the better of Scotland’s two “main” cities, and it offers something that Edinburgh just can’t. Sure, Edinburgh’s got that fancy castle, and it looks quite pretty – but Glasgow has something special. Our city slogan – People Make Glasgow – runs true, with an atmosphere in the city that you just can’t beat.

I’ll happily shout about my love for the city I call home from the rooftops, and I’ve partnered with Crooked Beverage Co to share some of my favourite spots in Glasgow that you won’t necessarily find in the guidebooks. As a city, Glasgow is full of hidden gems, as well as old favourites that remain deservedly popular with locals and tourists alike.

I’ve been saying that I’d write a guide to Glasgow for a long time now, so it’s about time I shared my list of must visit places in and around Glasgow. True to form, they’re mostly food related – but did you expect anything less? Every week I’m discovering more incredible places in Glasgow, but these guys have been firm favourites of mine for a while now.
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19 Jun 2018

Never Look Back, Never Give Up

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School's Out.

I've finally finished college. I feel like I've been waiting forever to say that, but at the same time, it hasn't quite sunk in yet. I wasn't sure if I was going to write this originally, but as much as I want to post "valuable" content on here, my blog is also my way of documenting the things that happen in my life, and this is a pretty big deal.

I've spent the last two years studying for an HND in Advertising and Public Relations, a qualification which I wanted in order to go on to study for my bachelors degree in Marketing. On Friday, I found out that I'm graduating from my course with straight A's, and I couldn't be happier about it.

My further education journey so far has been a bit bumpy. I left school with four highers and decided to head on up to Aberdeen to study Fashion Management at Robert Gordon. I hated that course a lot, and I hated the city even more. It wasn't the right place for me, but I tried to make it through, before dropping out after a tough two years.

Dropping out of university was a tough decision to make. I was struck with the fear of disappointing people I loved, and after spending years having university drilled into my brain as being the only option to succeed in life I was terrified that I was setting myself up for failure. I wish I'd realised sooner that this wasn't the case. There are so many routes to "success".
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14 Jun 2018

4 Things That Helped Me Improve My Blog

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How to improve your blog | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
How to improve your blog | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I can’t remember the exact moment that I realised how important investing in myself was, but over the past year, I’ve taken it to heart. The nature of what I do, and what I love to do, means that I am always learning new skills and trying new approaches when it comes to developing myself, my blog and my business. I used to spend most of my income on “fun” things like clothes and makeup, but now I spend the majority of what I earn through my blog and my business on bettering what I can offer.

I call it an investment in myself, and my personal and professional growth. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a little bit older now than when I first started earning money for myself, or if it’s the fact that I no longer earn minimum wage in a shitty retail job that sucked all of my energy, but I’ve become a whole lot more focused on growth recently.

The thing is, it works. I’ve seen noticeable results in my “investments” and seeing these pay off only motivates me to work even harder on developing my skill set, mindset and more. Although some of the things I’ve spent my money on in the last year or so have been pretty large purchases - hello shiny new iMac that was totally unnecessary but beautiful nonetheless - not everything I’ve invested in has been a huge expense. Some have been free courses, some have been a few pounds a month, some a bit more - but they’ve (nearly) all been worthwhile.

Whilst a lot of my energy is focused on developing myself professionally, with most of my expenses being with the intention of bettering my business and my future career, there are a few things in particular that have revolutionised the way I blog. I’ve noticed a huge difference in my blog this year. My stats are higher than they’ve ever been which is lovely, but I’m also putting out content that I love and am proud of at every step of the way.

Here’s what’s helped me on this journey…
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12 Jun 2018

5 Happy Things

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Glasgow Fashion Blogger | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Things are looking good right now

Touch wood.

There's been this really annoying pattern over the last few years, wherein which I've made it through a slightly rough patch and am starting to feel a little bit better about life again, only to be met with a brand new problem days later. Last year, I wrote this blog post about how I was finally coming out of a funk, and less than a week later I was in a car accident. Then, I wrote this post about how I was feeling good about 2018, and shortly afterwards my dad's health took a turn for the worse. Fingers crossed that doesn't happen after this post, huh.

Anyway, life has finally calmed down big time and I am feeling good. Over the past couple of weeks, it's been like a weight has lifted off my shoulders. Literally, with my shoulder finally starting to show some signs of healing, and figuratively for a multitude of reasons. Let's dive into yet another set of happy things!

My dad is home

So, if you follow me on Twitter, which you should, you've probably seen me rambling on a lot about my dad. My dad became ill at the start of the year and in early April he was hospitalised with a pretty rare heart infection called endocarditis. I hadn't heard of it before then, either. At the start of May, he had major heart surgery, which was quite complicated due to the magnitude of the infection, but he was finally discharged at the very end of May and is back at home again.

It's been really tough seeing my dad ill, and having him in the hospital was difficult for us all. It's been an emotional time and I can't even begin to explain how relieved I am to finally have him home! There's still a long way to go recovery-wise, but we're through the worst and he's been so strong throughout. As has the rest of my family, too. I definitely get my strength from my parents. 

So's my boyfriend!

At the start of 2017, Paddy moved down to Leicester to start a new job. Going back to long distance yet again was tough for both of us, with Paddy being so far away and things not being so great for me in Glasgow, but a few days before my dad was discharged Paddy moved back to Glasgow. He's got a new job, doing something he loves, and we're done with long distance once again. Hopefully for good this time!

I'm so excited for our summer together, even though we're not going away, as it's the first time we've lived in the same city, have been earning similar amounts and haven't had to work evenings or weekends - so we'll actually get to put our days off to good use! Obviously, I have a huge list of restaurants to work our way around, but it would be nice to go and explore some more of Scotland over the summer too.

Plus, Paddy being home again means that the prospect of moving out and getting a flat of our own is on the cards, which means we're one step closer to fulfilling two of my life goals - having a bangin' home office and getting a dog. Yassssss.
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7 Jun 2018

Burger and Bun, Glasgow

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Burger and Bun Glasgow Bearsden Review Menu | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Burger and Bun Glasgow Bearsden Review Menu | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Burger and Bun Glasgow Bearsden Review Menu | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Burger and Bun Glasgow Bearsden Review Menu | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I know what you're thinking...

...does Glasgow really need another burger joint? And honestly, when I first saw that Burger and Bun were opening, my first thought was the exact same. It wasn't until I realised that they were in Bearsden, as opposed to the city centre, that I was sold. Whilst the location isn't the handiest for everyone, it's closer to my neck of the woods than the city centre restaurants - making it an ideal spot for a midweek bite.

Paddy and I put it to the test last week to celebrate his move home to Glasgow before starting his new job, making the short drive over to Bearsden on one of the hottest days we've had this year. I used to work just down the road from Burger and Bun's premises on Milngavie Road, but for those who aren't familiar with the area, it's less than a minutes walk from Hillfoot train station. There's plenty of street parking about if you are bringing the car like we did.

For some reason, I had been expecting Burger and Bun to be quite a small restaurant, so I was taken aback by the size as soon as I stepped in the door. They also have a lovely little outdoor terrace area, which would be gorgeous on a sunny day, but it was a little bit too hot to sit out there and eat on the day that we visited.

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5 Jun 2018

Bongo’s Bingo - A Night Out Even I Enjoyed

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Bongo's Bingo Review Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Bongo's Bingo Review Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Bongo's Bingo Review Glasgow | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

It’s not your usual bingo night, that’s for sure.

Wow, mixing gin and tonic with neon lights and an intense game of bingo really doesn’t make for the best photos - eh?

I am, admittedly, not a fan of going “out-out”. I got over nightclubs very soon after turning eighteen and in the five years since then, I’ve grown to prefer a good meal over cheap drinks and loud music. I’m a bit of a granny in many respects, particularly my love of an early night and peace and quiet. A couple of weeks ago I discovered that my 93-year-old gran stays up later than me, which should have been a wake-up call, but it wasn’t. I’m a creature of habit, what can I say?

Every so often, however, I buck my own trends and head out for a night on the town that involves returning home past midnight. Shock horror. It only happens about once a year, as I tend to prefer “day drinking” and touring around Glasgow’s cocktail bars in time for the last train home. This year, my annual night out was spurred on by the return of Bongo’s Bingo to Glasgow’s SWG3.

I’d seen Bongo’s Bingo doing the rounds on social media before, and had never managed to make it along to see the chaos for myself, but when the most recent date coincided with one of my biggest submission deadlines, I felt like it was meant to be. So, Lis and I rounded up a gang of merry bloggers, including the babes that are Lindsey, Kat, Jen, Natalie and Roisin - as well as meeting Kirsty on the night - and headed over to Finnieston to see what the fuss was all about.
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22 May 2018

Comparison: Misery or Motivation?

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Comparison as a Motivator | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Apparently, comparison is the thief of joy

And if you'd asked me what I thought about that a year ago, I would've agreed. Comparison was this soul-sucking part of life that I couldn't quite escape, spending my days looking at how well my peers were doing and how I was faring in relation.

Social media probably plays a pretty big part in this - with people putting their lives on display for all to see. We forget that it's a highlight reel, and instead, we're surrounded by everyone's picture perfect lives and find their latest achievement at every turn. It's a difficult environment to navigate, particularly as a twentysomething who's still trying to find her place in the world.

It doesn't help that I've always had a lot of older friends, who are at different stages of their lives than me, so as I work my way through exams and lectures they're off working full-time jobs and doing "grown-up" things. I often forget that I'm 22 and that I don't need to have my shit together quite yet.

Another popular "motivational quote" is the idea of comparing your chapter one to someone else's chapter twenty - which was a gamechanger for me. Everyone's journey is different, people want different things and have different approaches. It might look like they've got it all together on the surface, but that might not be the case.

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