Birthday Interviews Pt 4: Carrie Maclennan

Next in our line up of interviews with our super duper zine contributors is the wonderful Carrie Maclennan, previously of Made In The Shade and The Maisonette in Glasgow, now of her hilarious blog Not The Kind Of Girl You’d Marry (and some other lucky lot in London).

Hannah Zakari is such a big fan of Carrie’s writing, and I’ve been unusually persuasive and manged to have her contribute a piece to our last 2 zines! You can read Carrie’s latest article about her favourite birthday (her 10th, natch) in this edition of the zine (find out how to get your hands on one here).

Here’s how Carrie answered our 10 questions birthday interviews…



Did you have a childhood career ambition?

When I was little, maybe about 4, I wanted to be a stripper. Can you imagine? And, on the basis that I enjoyed playing with plasticine and gooey stuff, I thought at one stage I wanted to be a butcher. That passed quite quickly. Of course, there were various moments at different ages when I wanted to be a singer or a musician and by the time I was 13 or so, I talked a lot about becoming a journalist. Or a psychologist. Or a journalist. Or a psychologist.  Or a journalist.

What is your favourite colour? Does this impact your designs at all?

I have to pick one? Nope, can’t do that!  I tend to gravitate to bright green a lot and to electric blue. I also love yellow. And shocking pink. And red. And orange. Mmmm, those three clashed together, preferably. I like quite loud, shouty colours so when it comes to discussing design at work, for instance, I need to remember that not everyone else does!  Sometimes I need to work hard to convince people to break the ‘rules’ of colour! Don’t get me wrong, I do like ‘matchy matchy’ and by god I love a colour wheel, but I get most excited about colour combinations that are a bit ‘wrong’, a little bit difficult to look at!  

Tea or coffee?

Tea.  Always tea. 

If you weren’t doing this for a living what would you like to do?

I’d like to be a rock star.  Or an actress. I’d like to open another shop. Or a super-fun B&B somewhere lovely. I’d like to write all day long and print as many magazines about as many things as I liked. I’d do a lot of things. 

What’s your best fashion tip for a timeless look?

I’m pretty sure my look isn’t timeless – but I’m not sure I want it it to be. Wear all the colours. 

Wear all the colours.

Wear all the colours.

If you had to predict the next next trend for fashion, what do you think it would be?

I think I gave up caring too much about fashion trends a long time ago – though I am rather enjoying the latest incarnation of the metallic theme and I am also loving the resurgence of (faux) fur.  When I was about 16, my black Miss Selfridge fur-fronted cardigan was one of my favourite things. I wore it well in to my twenties. Actually, I’m now wondering what happened to it… As for future trends, I reckon it can’t be long before elasticated waists become the next big fashion thing.  Fingers crossed. 

What music/radio etc do you listen to when you’re working?

When I’m working at home, I usually listen to 6music – all day. When I work from the office, I tend to plug in to my Spotify account.  I recently bought some very special headphones so ‘plugging in’ is a real joy. Yesterday I listened to Meghan Trainor, ‘All About That Bass’ on loop for about 8 hours. Today I’ve listened to First Aid Kit, ABBA, Connie Francis, MC Hammer and The Everly Brothers. I like to jiggle around in my chair when I write. Music’s very important. 

Do you have a favourite feel good film of all time. What is it?

I bloody love Calamity Jane.  I also bloody love The Jolson Story – though I’m not sure if that’s particularly ‘feel good’. Oh – and I find myself watching Crazy Stupid Love more regularly than is normal.

Cats or dogs?

Cats!  My cat is called Bruce.  I’m quite sure I love him more than he loves me, but that’s ok. I am scared of dogs. Well, I am scared of dogs I reckon could kill me – or I suspect might try to kill me. 

Bruce the Cat

Bruce the Cat

Thanks Carrie!

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