19 Jun 2018

Never Look Back, Never Give Up

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

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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17 May 2018

First Impressions: Urban Decay Backtalk Palette

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Urban Decay Backtalk Palette Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Urban Decay Backtalk Palette Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Urban Decay Backtalk Palette Review UK | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

The latest release from Urban Decay is here...

And somehow, I nearly missed it. I'd seen the reveal on social media back at the start of the year and made a vague mental note of the UK release which was set for mid-May. I imagined, like most Urban Decay releases, it would be all over the blogosphere and that there was no way whatsoever I would forget that it was coming out - but I did.

For some reason, I've not seen many people talking about this beautiful palette, and I can't figure out why. As soon as I saw it at the turn of the year I knew I had to buy it, despite me rarely reaching for pink shadows, and the second I realised it was available on the website it was in my basket and on the way.

Like many bloggers, I don't like using shiny new makeup until I've had a chance to photograph it, and a palette as pretty as Backtalk was no exception. It arrived last Friday, so I've only had it for a week now, but I've used it most days since and feel like I can give a decent rundown of my first impressions.
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14 May 2018

Stress, Success and a Good Night's Rest

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Stress Success Sleep and Mental Health Tempur | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Sleep is my favourite thing

It's no secret that I love my bed. The feeling of climbing under the duvet and drifting off to sleep is one of my favourite things to do, therefore it's something I do a lot. If I don't reply to your message after 9pm, chances are I'm tucked up in bed. I've always loved my bed, but I used to be much more of a night owl and slept my afternoons away instead of having an early night, but the tables have certainly turned over the past few years.

You see, sleep is my solace. I'm much better placed to face a stressful day (or week, or month, or year) if I've had a decent kip, and am pretty much unbearable to be around if I've had anything less than 7-8 hours. If you've been around for a while, you'll know that I'm a perpetually stressed person, as per my last blog post. In some ways, stress fuels me, when I'm stressed I end up on autopilot and just fire through everything that has to be done - albeit with a few minor freakouts along the way.

No matter what's going on, I will not sacrifice sleep. I'm not the kind of person who can pull an all-nighter, as I desperately need sleep to function. I honestly believe that sleep is the key to my ability to just keep going, no matter what life throws in my way, and I'm a passionate believer in the power of a good night's rest.

I've got my bedtime routine down to a tee these days, but I know it's not easy for everyone, so here are some of my top tips for making the most of your sleep.
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3 May 2018

Breaking Point

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Work Life Balance Burnout Student | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

 How do you manage it all?

A phrase that I hear on a regular basis, and a question that I have no answer for. Balance is the "holy grail" of the modern working world at the moment, and it's probably one of my greatest struggles. I am painfully aware of it, and the people around me are too. I've got this stupid habit of piling things on my plate - when I already had plenty on there, to begin with. This is both a metaphor for my life and my approach to all-you-can-eat buffets.

If I could sum up life right now in one world it would be hectic. My world has been flipped on its head over the past few weeks, pretty much since the moment I got home from my trip to Barcelona. This time of year was always going to be hectic for me, with the end of college fast approaching and a mad rush ensues to get my work handed in on time so that I can get the grades I need to go to university. April and May are nearly always stressful months, thanks to the joys of education, but this year a spanner was thrown in the works.

I don't want to go into it too much, because it's not really my story to share, but my dad isn't well at the moment and hasn't been for a while. He was hospitalised mid-April and will hopefully be home by the end of May. It's been difficult for my family, and fitting in our daily visits into what was an already packed calendar has been a bit stressful.

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Work Life Balance Burnout Student | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog


Despite this, I've still been throwing myself into anything and everything that comes my way - to the point that I'm probably moments away from burnout. For some reason, unbeknownst to me, I thought it was a good idea to launch a brand new website before my busiest two months of the year - instead of waiting for my summer break from classes - whilst also writing this blog, running my business, finishing my degree, keeping my own health in check and dealing with the change in my family situation. Yeah, I don't really know why I do this to myself, either.

I do this a lot, and I think it's a kind of distraction method that I attempt to use when I'm feeling particularly anxious about things. Whenever things are getting that little bit more stressful I try to distract myself by throwing myself into something new and exciting, whilst simultaneously ignoring all of my more pressing responsibilities to the point that I get even more stressed out about them.

It's a habit I'm trying to kick, and in an attempt to start reigning things in a bit I made the decision to go to my doctor to discuss going back on medication for my anxiety. It was hugely terrifying, but I'm really proud of myself for recognising my own behaviours and having the strength to admit that something had to change. Being back on medication has been weird, but I think it was a necessary step to get me through this period of my life without a full-on breakdown like I had last year.

The next part of my "journey" to balance is recognising when I need to take a step back, and unfortunately, I realised that my blog had to be pushed to the bottom of the pile for the next few weeks whilst I prioritise my degree - for my own sake. I need to focus on the crucial things right now, so that I can still have time for myself without forcing myself to sit at my desk and fire out a blog post after spending my day writing essays or finishing up client work.

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I don't think my habit of putting undue pressure on myself will ever change - it's hard-wired into my brain now - but my approach to dealing with it certainly has so far. I'm the kind of person where as soon as I have an idea that I think is viable I rush into bringing it to fruition, but I've realised that as impatient as I am, this has to wait for the moment.

So, whilst I may be desperate to bring all of my ideas to life right this very moment, I'm trying to teach myself that I need to wait until I have the proper time to dedicate to things in order to make them the very best they can be. Yes, the next month or so will suck and I'll be moaning about deadlines all the time, but then I'll have a glorious two months of freedom from classes and lectures which I can use to bring my passion projects to life.

Basically, what I'm trying to say is, being busy all of the time has taken it's toll on me in the past and is trying to do a number on me right now. But I've grown. I've become a stronger person in the last year and I'm trying to put myself and my sanity first. I love working hard and seeing the results of said effort, but there's an invisible line that I need to be aware of so that I don't push myself past breaking point yet again.

I cannot wait for the end of term. How will I cope in the "real world" when I don't get summer holidays? I mean, I'm going to be working all summer, but at least it's on projects that I am genuinely excited about.


What steps do you take when you feel yourself reaching breaking point?


Photos by Claire White | Post contains gifted items - read my full disclaimer here
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1 May 2018

Beer & Skittles, Edinburgh

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Beer and Skittles Edinburgh Sports Bar Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Beer and Skittles Edinburgh Sports Bar Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Beer and Skittles Edinburgh Sports Bar Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Beer and Skittles Edinburgh Sports Bar Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Beer and Skittles Edinburgh Sports Bar Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

My quest for good food leads me to some random places...

A sports bar isn't my usual choice, unless it's been Paddy's turn to pick our venue, but there was something about Beer and Skittles that drew me in. I don't know how I hadn't noticed it before, seeing as it's in the area of Edinburgh that I spend the most time in - right next to the Playhouse - and the fact that I'd been to the restaurant above, which shares an entrance. I'm not the most observant of people, it would appear.

Beer & Skittles has recently had a refurbishment, with a snazzy beer garden and huge 4K TVs alongside a brand new menu and pool tables to boot. Honestly, if I was a big sports fan, it would be a great place to catch up with friends whilst also catching the action on the big screens. Even as a self-professed non-sport fan, Beer & Skittles is the kind of place I could happily sit and enjoy with people who do enjoy it (aka, Paddy) without complaint.

It just has a cool vibe. I feel like a bit of a dick saying that, but it does! The sleek black tiling paired with neon signage, retro arcade machines, pool tables and something happening on every screen made for a more welcoming environment than I find in most "sports" establishments. Not that I've been to all that many, really. I think it makes for a good compromise when your group is a mix of sporting types and the uninitiated who use terms such as "sports fan" like me.

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19 Apr 2018

My Hydration Heroes

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Best Skincare Products for Dry Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Best Skincare Products for Dry Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I wish it was summer already.

I mean, it's not like it would make that much of a difference to the weather in Glasgow, but I can at least dream of sunshine - right? The thing is, sunshine works wonders for my skin. What doesn't work wonders for my skin is the central heating still needing to be switched on in April. My skin has struggled with this bitterly cold winter that seems like it's never going to end, and I feel like I've tried everything under the sun.

Over the past few weeks, however, I've found some absolute gems that are stealing the show. Some are a little on the pricey side, but I've also found some complete and utter bargains that I am seriously impressed by. Hopefully, this lineup will be enough to see me through to the better weather - and some will definitely be staying in my stash through the summer, too.

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18 Apr 2018

A Weekend in Manchester

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How To Spend a Weekend in Manchester | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
How To Spend a Weekend in Manchester | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Growing up, I spent many a weekend in Manchester. If you didn't already know, I was born in Manchester, and a huge chunk of my family still live there, so we spent a lot of time visiting them. Nowadays, we don't quite make it down as often, what with work and life getting in the way, but when The Courteeners announced a date at the Manchester Arena for the anniversary of their debut album - St Jude - it seemed like a good excuse for a trip back down. Or up, in Paddy's case.

We'd originally planned on just staying the Saturday night, as it was a pretty busy weekend in Manchester with the derby and the marathon both taking place and finding a hotel was proving to be a bit of a struggle. We changed our mind at the last minute, however, and decided to meet in Manchester on the Friday night so that we could spend a bit more time in the city.

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12 Apr 2018

Bibimbap Glasgow

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Bibimbap Glasgow Review Menu | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Bibimbap Glasgow Review Menu | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

The New Kid on the Block

The Glasgow food scene is looking pretty great right now, with some brilliant new restaurants popping up on all sides of the city. One of the newest additions to our collection of excellent eateries is Bibimbap, boasting a menu inspired by Korean comfort food and full of classic, flavourful dishes. Having opened at the end of February, Bibimbap has already received rave reviews from many of my favourite foodies in the know, so I was pretty excited to try it out for myself last week.

I headed along to the city centre restaurant - which occupies the unit once home to Riverhill on West Nile Street, last Thursday evening to catch up with Lindsey over some good food. It was pretty busy when we arrived, about 6pm, and has been full of happy faces whenever I've walked by since.

I'd never heard of Bibimbap's namesake dish until earlier this year when my mum ended up making it from one of those recipe kit subscription boxes, and funnily enough, the restaurant announced it's opening that very same week. It felt like a strange coincidence, but after devouring my mum's version of the classic Korean dish I had high hopes for visiting the restaurant itself.

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5 Apr 2018

5 Goals for Spring

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

Apparently, it's spring now.


Although a quick peek at the snow falling outside my window says otherwise. It was going so well - the daylight hours were getting longer, daffodils were starting to appear and the sun was trying it's very best to shine - but now the snow is back, and I'm bloody freezing. Maybe one day I'll be able to start a blog post without talking about the weather, but today is not that day.

Anyway, when the first of April rolled around I was more than ready for a fresh month, and a new quarter of the year, to begin. 2018 has been a pretty good year - especially in comparison to last year - but the end of March was really difficult and it kind of floored me. I took a couple of weeks to pull my thoughts together and recharge, so now I'm feeling a lot more like myself again and have started to get back into the swing of things once again.

With that in mind, I wanted to do a bit of forward thinking about what I want to achieve in the next quarter of the year and set some goals for the season ahead. I like setting myself goals, because they give me some much-needed direction and focus, as well as giving me something to look back on and benchmark my progress against.
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3 Apr 2018

72 Hours in Barcelona

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3 Days in Barcelona Budget | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
3 Days in Barcelona Budget | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
3 Days in Barcelona Budget | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

I take my camera nearly everywhere with me.

Just not to Barcelona, apparently.

In a bizarre twist of fate, I somehow managed to remember my charger and a spare lens - which I usually forget to bring - just not the most important part of the equation. I realised halfway into my journey down to Prestwick Airport, by which stage it was waaaaay too late to turn back and right my wrongs.

I suppose it's lucky that just a couple of weeks earlier I'd treated myself to an early upgrade and picked up a brand new iPhone, with a supposedly better camera than my last phone, that was just dying to be tested out. It's also lucky that I'd taken the world's smallest handbag away with me, which barely fit my camera in, to begin with, so would have been an absolute nightmare to deal with in a city that is notorious for its pickpockets.

And you know what? I think it stood up to the challenge pretty well. I was able to capture a few more spontaneous moments, whipping my phone out in a flash instead of lining up the shot meticulously with my camera, and I felt a lot more "free" as a result. Looking at the photos now that I'm home, I don't feel like they're really lacking at all. In fact, I think at times the iPhone captured colour much better than my camera would have - which is ideal in a vibrant city like Barcelona.

But you can be the judge of that, because here are lots of photos from my trip to Barcelona. I would have posted these weeks ago, but I'm in denial that my one holiday of the year is over already, and have not been emotionally stable enough to write this post.
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