Over the last year, I’ve probably spent more time on Instagram Stories than any other form of social media (sorry, Twitter! It’s not you, it’s me…). I really got into posting daily videos, photos and Boomerangs when we were on our American road trip in May – it was a fun diary-style routine which has stuck around ever since we got home!
But the main thing I enjoy about Instagram Stories is how interactive it is – and anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE a good blether. I find that I have the most online conversations via direct messages on the ol’ Insta Stories now, how about you?
One of the most common things is that I get a lot of questions through, and quite often a few similar questions. So, I opened things up to a formal Q&A – inviting questions that I would post answers to today!
You guys asked me about all kinds of things and it was really fun putting the answers together, so I hope you enjoy finding out some things you might not already know about me…
Can we see a home tour of your cute place, with suggestions for home decor?
I have quite a few blog posts with tours of individual rooms – you can find all of them, along with some other home decor posts here! I might start posting some mini home tour videos on Instagram stories too so keep your eyes peeled…
Your interiors style is both pop and uncluttered, would love to hear how you achieve this – where to shop and when to know when enough is enough!
When we bought our home it gave us a blank canvas to really go to town with our decor dreams. I would say my number one tip on pulling it all together is to experiment until you know what you want! Play around on Pinterest or go old-school with a vision board and magazine clippings to discover your style.
I don’t think I could ever get bored of shopping for interior pieces – I love to mix things from different stores and price points so that it feels kind of eclectic. My favourite retailers are probably Oliver Bonas, H&M Home, IKEA and Etsy. Don’t be afraid to pop into stores like Primark and check out their homeware too, they’ve really stepped it up in the last couple of years!
Knowing when enough is enough is hard – I have a lot of knick knacks and ornaments (and don’t even get me started on candles!) so, instead of having everything out at once, I display my favourite pieces on rotation. It keeps things interesting for me and means I get to enjoy everything (just not all at once!).
Is your blog your main job? Do you ever see it becoming your main job?
This blog isn’t my main job (though I do put in the full time hours!), but I am lucky enough to get to use my creative and media skills every day by helping others with their blogs, communications products and other projects. In addition to that, I also do the odd bit of speaking, whether that’s running workshops, or taking part in public speaking events . I love the freedom that I have with this blog and I get to do what I like, when I like – which I don’t take for granted! At the moment I’m really happy with my day-to-day and how blogging/ social media fits in with the rest of my life, so I’m not in a hurry to change any of that for now.
Have you ever thought of vlogging/ YouTube? More Glasgow YouTubers are needed!
I agree that it’s always great to see Glaswegian people on YouTube (or any platform really!) but I don’t think I could commit the time needed to run a channel. I really like posting videos on Instagram Stories (which is sort of like micro-vlogging I suppose!) and I also run a podcast with my BFF so I’m definitely doing plenty of talking!
What’s the number 1 thing you and Gary do to stay solid when life is so crazy, and is there anything you consciously do to nurture what you have?
This super sweet question came all the way from Australia! Gary and I have been together for over 16 years and I sometimes don’t even think about how we come across to other people. We always make time to check in with each other, even on the busiest days when we are at opposite ends of the country! We’re both very relaxed people and make each other laugh a LOT which probably diffuses a lot of pressure on potentially high-stress situations. Also, we’ve always been a pretty good team, and can sense when the other person needs a bit more support and lift each other up.
How are you so organised?
It all comes down to my two P’s: prioritising and
peanut butter planning! I squeeze a lot into my week and sometimes if it’s I have a lot of creative projects and fun events lined up it can be easy to forget to make time for myself. This is where prioritising comes in! I don’t say yes to everything that hits my inbox so that I can truly give my best to the things I do commit to and balance it with other life stuff. I also like to make a weekly plan and live for to-do lists (nerd alert!) so that I know what I am doing and when. Cute stationary always helps, too…
What’s the first outfit you remember putting together and being really proud of?
This question made me smile a lot because it meant I got to look back on some pretty wild teen ensembles! I vividly remember being 16 and devouring a ton of cult movies, so when I got my paws on a tee with a print of Russ Meyer’s Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! on it, it soon became my favourite thing ever. I wore it with a bright pink tartan skirt, my first ever Doc Martens and glitter smeared around my eyes. It was the first outfit that I had put together from money I’d earned myself and was OBSESSED with it. Heck, I’d probably still wear that now! If I ever find a photograph of it I promise I’ll share.
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PS: My makeup in these photos was done by the super talented Bri AKA @violetdollface – whom I met via (you guessed it!) Instagram!