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Colour Elements App

I was recently invited along to Castle Galleries in Princes Square to find out all about Colour Elements and how their app can help you find the colours that work best for you and reduce clothing waste.


Simply send the team a selfie through their social media or email it to them, and you’ll receive a free, personalised colour ID with the ideal element for you – Earth, Fire, Air or Water. You can then use the app to browse colours from your element and create colour cards with complimentary combinations in order to inspire your outfit choices.

Colour Elements App Earth

At the event, Colour Elements director Karen Finn talked about how so often we wear just 20% of our wardrobes and the rest goes unworn as it’s full of impulse buys and things that don’t suit our style. I can certainly relate to buying things that are a bit different then sticking to my usual uniform of black Joni jeans and black or grey t-shirts! Colour Elements aims to help you understand what works best for you so you can shop smarter and really make the most of your wardrobe to reduce your own spending as well as the huge waste created by unworn clothes.

According to WRAP, the Waste and Resources Action Programme, an estimated £100 million worth of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year, and around 30% of the clothes in British homes have not been worn in at least a year. The impact on our finances and the planet is staggering, so finding ways to reduce our waste should be a priority.

Colour Elements Blogger Event Glasgow
Photo from the Colour Elements Facebook, with @kerrylyle_ and @meganflockhart

But it's not all so serious - Colour Elements is designed to make you feel more confident about incorporating colour into your life and help you find clothes that make you feel amazing. They are keen to point out, though, that they're not being strict with you and saying these are the only colours you should ever wear - at the end of the day everyone should wear whatever we want! Your ID is simply intended as a guide to help you, not a rule book.

The main element for me is Fire, which I'm not surprised about because of my hair! But Earth colours are also good for me due to my dark features and can help ground the Fire colours. This means all types of reds, deep greens and golds work well for me. Once you know your color ID, you can receive weekly emails with outfit ideas curated for your element, which you can then shop directly.

At the moment the app is only available on Apple devices which is a shame because I'm all Android, but I convinced Adam to download it on his iPad so I could have a play around with it. Hopefully it will be on Android in the future, but for now you can always use the website and sign up for the newsletter, as well as keeping an eye on their social media for more fashion inspiration.

The Body Shop Eyeshadow Palette

The Body Shop were also at the event to tell us a bit about their new masks and eyeshadow palettes. All the Body Shop girls were so friendly and knowledgeable about their products, and the eyeshadows I tried out were gorgeous! They were so kind to give us an amazing goodie bag which contained some of my favourite products as well as some new things that I can't wait to try!

Sugar Dumplin' provided amazing rum cocktails and thanks to The Trading House I now like rum when it's mixed with fruity things so I really enjoyed them! Zizzi's provided loads of food and I was over the moon to see dairy-free pizzas as well as gluten-free - it was so lovely of them to think about that! Snuggle Muffin served up delicious cupcakes and gave us cookies in the goodie bags and since I have a mild cookie addiction I was over the moon!

Everyone worked so hard to provide an amazing night for us all and it was lovely to meet some new bloggers and bond over our Instagram struggles! Be sure to tweet your selfie to Colour Elements or tag them on Instagram to find out your element!

How do you incorporate colour into your life?

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AUGUST RECAP

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August was a pretty good month - I had loads of fun events to attend and occasions to celebrate. The downside though was the amount of time spent applying for jobs and the fact that I still don't have one. I'm writing freelance for a few places but would love to secure a full-time job, so hopefully in my next Monthly Recap that'll be the highlight! Anyway, here's all the awesome stuff that happened this month:

Thaikhun Silverburn Buddha

At the start of the month Adam and I tried out Thaikhun's new menu and saw Suicide Squad the same night. Check my Thaikhun post for a detailed review but spoiler alert: it was fab! Suicide Squad surprised me because I had been looking forward to it for ages, then the reviews were so bad and really put me off it, but it actually wasn't as bad as it was made out to be. It's not a cinematic masterpiece and I was a bit disappointed with the portrayal of Harley Quinn, but it was entertaining and definitely worth a watch.

8th Birthday Niece

My niece Orla turned 8 this month and I had a great day seeing her and the rest of my family for a catch-up and cake. I bought her a sparkly cat jumper which to be honest I was very jealous of! She loved it too, as well as the cute necklace I got for her and she seemed to have a great day so smiles all round!


Adam and I celebrated our anniversary this month, so after prosecco and strawberries at home we went for dinner and a comedy show at Wild Cabaret. We drink there quite often but this was the first show we went to and we really enjoyed it, even if the staff were a bit rude! The curry and comedy deal is great value at £10 each and the food was great so if you're looking for something to do on a Wednesday night I'd recommend it.

Colour Elements Event Glasgow Princes Square

Last week I went to the Colour Elements event in Princes Square where I learned all about their colour matching service and their app which tells you the colours that work best for you. I'll have a full post on this soon so look out for it! I met some fab girls there and had a lovely night drinking cocktails and eating amazing food provided by Zizzi!

Pug puppy

My sister Kelly got a pug called Hugo and I totally fell in love with him when I went to visit for the first time. Look at that face!! I'm dogsitting him and also looking after my two nieces next week and I'm very excited about it. He's such a snuggly little pup and spent so much time asleep on my lap, so adorable!

Glasgow Summer Sessions 2016 Biffy Clyro Fall Out Boy

Last weekend was the highlight of the month when I saw Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy (and more!) at Glasgow Summer Sessions in Bellahouston Park. It was a huge outdoor gig with a brilliant atmosphere and thankfully the weather was actually pretty good! Fall Out Boy have been my favourite band for over a decade (read my previous Fall Out Boy review) and they played Hum Hallelujah, my absolute favourite song of theirs, so I was very happy! Biffy put on an amazing show for two hours and the setlist was fantastic. They're definitely one of the best live bands I've seen and I can't wait to see them again in November!

What I listened to in August: Moose Blood - Blush, Biffy Clyro - Ellipsis, Honeyblood - Ready For The Magic
What I watched in August: Stranger Things (Loved it, obviously!), Bates Motel Season 2, Pretty Little Liars Season 7

What did you get up to this month?

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