25 Jul 2018

A Letter to my 13-Year-Old Self

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


18 Jul 2018

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

Summer Reading Recommendations 2018 | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

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.

11 Jul 2018

Blogging and Money

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

4 Jul 2018

New In: Summer Beauty

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