Ask Me Anything: An Instagram Stories Special!

Instagram Stories

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…

Instagram Stories

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!

Instagram Stories

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.

Thank you for submitting your questions and for just generally supporting my adventures over on Instagram. If you want to see more of your previous questions answered, hop over to my FAQ page!

 

 

 

PS: My makeup in these photos was done by the super talented Bri AKA @violetdollface – whom I met via (you guessed it!) Instagram! 

My Name Is Prince Exhibition at The O2, London

My Name Is Prince Exhibition

AKA: the one in which I nerd out about Prince, and tell you all about an exhibition that I have very little photos from…

When Prince passed away in April 2016, it shook me to my core. Losing my hero during one of (let’s face it) the toughest years we’ve had in a long time was unexpected and I felt physically winded for months afterwards. One of the most difficult parts, I think, was knowing that I wouldn’t see him play live again – there was always the next album or concept to look forward to, which of course meant another tour to get excited about!

Even though that won’t happen now, there are still new ways to maintain that electric feeling of passion and giddiness over Prince’s work that I first felt at eleven years old. This is due to many other die-hard fans around the world and a huge presence within the music community who strive to keep his memory alive.

When I first heard about the My Name Is Prince exhibition at the O2 in London, I was in. ALL IN (*picture me pushing a mountain of poker chips into the middle of a fancy table as I say this. Purple chips of course*). I read that this special event was a celebration of every era of Prince’s music, film and other creative projects and, not only that, it would be comprised of his iconic instruments, clothes, accessories and other personal artefacts from Paisley Park.

My Name Is Prince Exhibition

I also discovered that the exhibition was being curated by the same people that put together the Elvis Graceland one that Gary and I visited a few years back, so I knew it wouldn’t be a cheap cash-in.

We booked our tickets and, on the first Saturday in December, we headed to London!

It felt strange being back at the O2, having seen Prince play the venue 3 times in the past but I had a really strong feeling that visiting the My Name is Prince exhibition was an opportunity to celebrate, not to mourn – and I was SO EXCITED to get inside and see it all.

So here’s the thing – photography was not permitted inside the exhibition and security was extremely tight (we had to give up our phones and cameras upon entry). If you know a little bit about Prince, this probably doesn’t come as much of a shock to you! But it actually made for even more fun as I hadn’t seen any spoilers online (how often can you say that?) and could have my own experience at my own pace.

My Name Is Prince Exhibition

The first part of our visit was a VIP tour of three extra rooms that were off-limits to the rest of the attendees. This was extremely memorable and gave us the chance to see some really special belongings and equipment up-close. We even got to hold one of Prince’s guitars, which was still as he left it – traces of sweat, dents from his rings and all! Ahhh! I was walking on air after that…

I loved going through the rest of the instalments afterwards, and instantly recognised outfits from my favourite music videos, as well as poring over hand-written ideas, scripts and other rare pieces. The chronological layout meant that you could follow his career from the start and see how he evolved over the decades.

I don’t want to over-share the actual content, purely because I know there are plans for this exhibition to tour (it finished up in London yesterday!) – but what I CAN promise is that there is plenty to see, and it is a must-do for any Prince fan, if you get the chance.

For our visit, I wanted to dress in theme (natch!) and our lovely friends at Truffle Shuffle came to the rescue with these awesome matching Take Me With U tees. Twinning is winning, right?! My gal Lia at Swoon Nails also hooked me up with a gorgeous purple sequinned manicure for the occasion.

My Name Is Prince Exhibition

Seeing so many legendary parts of Prince’s life and career in the one place was magical and a really amazing way to remember his talent, influence and sheer Royal Badness! It was a true celebration and I walked out of the O2 that day with new, happy memories to look back on.

Did you visit the My Name Is Prince exhibition when it was in London? Also, let me know who your rock n’ roll heroes are!

Celebrating Bosley’s First Year!

Bosley's First Year

This weekend is a special one because it marks Bosley’s first year of living with us (AKA his ‘gotcha day’)! It’s hard for me to believe that this time last year we were bringing him home because it kind of feels like he’s always been here.

I was looking through pictures of Bosley earlier and can’t believe how tiny he used to be! I used to be able to scoop him up in one hand and he was able to climb inside my handbags and hide. These days, it’s quite a different story. But he is still as curious as ever and he still tries to climb inside things, even if his big butt hangs out the back! Bosley also has an incredible RKF (resting kit face!) as, despite his grumpy expression, he is very affectionate and friendly. We even joke that he is part dog!

Bosley's First Year

A little while back, I wrote about how having a kitten has been a big learning curve in our house, and I’m still learning new things about Bosley as he gets bigger. Like how much he loves our daily routines (no matter how small they might be!) and how intuitive he is. Also, he makes us laugh constantly – the other day he reacted to a particularly dramatic part of a corny film and it (further) convinced me that he understands English purrfectly…

Earlier this week was International Cat Day which meant that, as well as my feed being filled with even more cute felines than usual, I had yet another excuse to post a picture and celebrate Bosley’s first year on Twitter and Instagram! The gang at RSPCA have even included him in their #MoreThanCat online gallery of kitties – you can check it out here.

Bosley's First Year

It’s amazing how quickly a little animal can become such a big part of your life and, in a short year, Bosley has become a major part of ours. I can’t wait to see what the next twelve months (and all the months and years after that!) bring.

Tell me all about your furry friends! Do you celebrate any pet birthdays/ anniversaries too?