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! 

What Makes You Happy?

It’s Friday! I have to admit that I’m still on a bit of a high after last night’s Blogging With Success event – I had so much fun and met lots of lovely people. I’m so pleased that people came along and enjoyed themselves. I woke up with a smile on my face today, for sure!

I have been thinking recently about the little things that can turn a meh day into a YEAH day and, even though there are lots of things that I share with you guys, I really wanted to hear your views this time! So I took to Twitter and Instagram to ask the simple question, What makes you happy? and I was blown away by the response.

Sometimes the world can overwhelm us, so choosing to find a little nugget of joy whenever you can is so important! I loved reading your answers and really want to share what everyone had to say, just in case you need a little pick-me-up today…

what makes you happy

What Makes You Happy?

When it rains all day, but when I leave the house the sun comes out : )  (@emma.mcr on Instagram)

Real, handwritten snail mail letters (@sheandherbrightness on Instagram)

Watching my husband build Lego whilst drinking a cup of hot chocolate (@vintage_tookie244 on Instagram)

A cup of tea when I wake up makes me happy (@msmezza on Instagram)

Sleeping in clean sheets after a hot bath (@zynpgur on Instagram)

Cuddling up on the couch with a fluffy blanket & my husband, watching Drag Race! Small things (@_ejand_ on Instagram)

Food, hugs from my husband and dog, getting a sense of achievement from something (@teacakeandmake on Instagram)

A day at home on the sofa and in pyjamas with lots of movies, snacks, tea, blankets, warmth, @pamela_graham and the dug (@jamesvsburger on Twitter)

Food, wine, friends, family and Eddie! [her sunglasses-wearing dog!] (@laurafromaura on Twitter)

My cat [having seen a further photo of the cat, I can confirm he is ADORABLE!] (@jemmasaid  on Twitter)

Travelling. Head butts from my cats. Big Skirts. Ordering dessert. A really good book (@lastyearsgirl_ on Twitter)

Happiness is being surrounded by those you love, preferably with coffee, cake and your furry friends (@ananyah  on Twitter)

Reading, watching or speaking to someone inspirational! Always gives me a pep in my step. Also: cooking/ eating (@glasgowfood on Twitter)

Being content. I’m happy when I’m not trying to be bigger, better or like someone else. Being happy being me works! (@bigcitylilnurse on Twitter)

That moment when you step off an aeroplane knowing you’ve got x amount of days to explore and enjoy a new place (@TheSundayGirl on Twitter)

The sound of the sea, fresh air in my lungs, wellies on my feet and chatting about life n’ stuff with someone I love (@HouseOfHerby on Twitter)

what makes you happy

When I’m in a good headspace where I can genuinely say I do not give a toss about anyone else’s opinions and I’m not comparing. Also, when my cat smooshes her face against mine because that is a pure, golden moment (@rosekeats on Twitter)

Good wine, good food and good friends & family. What more do you need? (@Glasgowfoodgeek on Twitter)

Food – seriously and genuinely, it’s the only thing that makes me properly happy! Not great, but it’s the truth! (@LPearsonSmith on Twitter)

Someone taking the time to ask me how my day was (@AforAmbs on Twitter)

Feeding people. Love having a full table of friends or family passing food, sharing stories and complaining that they’ve eating too much (@sarahmacp on Twitter)

Time with my boyfriend, friends and family – if there is cake and tea involved, even better! (@frocksfairycake on Twitter)

Making other people feel happy and cared about, whether that’s making them laugh, being supportive or a gesture of appreciation (@papercutpanic on Twitter)

A good chin wag full of hearty laughs, putting the world to rights and positive girl plans always makes me happy (@letsdostuffs on Twitter)

Stormy weather. Makes me feel so calm, and that is not something that happens often at all (@lydipop on Twitter)

When my crush pinches me when I say he’s gorgeous! [um, cutest Tweet award!] (@AngieLoveDesign on Twitter)

what makes you happy

Sleep (@CandelleCo on Twitter)

Cuddling up to the person you love and feeling cosy and safe in their arms. This includes cuddles from animals too (@hellorogue on Twitter)

Sunday afternoon adventures, discovering new places (@misslinnyo on Twitter)

Sunsets (@yazminaaa on Twitter)

Good food, family, friends, and of course, make up (@Saskiasumakeup on Twitter)

Being able to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea. Happiness for me is warmth and comfort (@fromfiona_ on Twitter)

Making other people happy and serving others! (@HstlandHrt on Twitter)

A stodgy dessert and a good yap with my mum (@MaverickBaking on Twitter)

What an awesome list! Thank you to everyone who got involved by sharing what makes you happy – proof that social media is still a positive place, if you ask me!

I’ll be back here on Monday morning with details of a fun giveaway to kick-start your week – so stay tuned for that! In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend…

 

 

 

Images: things that have been making me happy lately – hot off the presses of my Instagram

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?