27 Jun 2018

My Guide to Glasgow

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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

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

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
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

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
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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