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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

TICKLED PINK.

A blog post featuring the launch of Gallo Spritz and Becoming the new memoir by Laura Jane Williams

A blog post featuring the launch of Gallo Spritz and Becoming the new memoir by Laura Jane Williams

A blog post featuring the launch of Gallo Spritz and Becoming the new memoir by Laura Jane Williams



One of my best friends. She wrote a book.

You might know her, in fact I'm sure you do. I've written, tweeted and instagrammed about her endless times. She's really special to me, is Laura Jane Williams.
Last week, we celebrated her book launch. She wrote an actual book, you know, that goes in real life book stores. She poured her heart in to her manuscript - a memoir on sex, second chances and figuring out who the hell she is. She let the world see her. And I couldn't be more proud.

She invited me to stay with her, during book week (that's what we called it, because it simply couldn't be just book day). And that, filled my heart with a kind of joy I can't quite describe. I love this woman - quite an inappropriate amount, and to know that she wanted me to be by her side throughout such a huge experience meant an awful lot.

We attended the book launch party, and she released her book of work to all the hungry, supportive, caring eyes who have followed this journey with her and we all cried and laughed and listened attentively and it was, amazing. I always knew how special she was, but everyone else seeing that too, the world seeing that, god it's really wonderful.

The evening after was the official day of the book release. Laura had decided quiet was needed after the whirlwind of a day just gone. We ate good food and tidied the house and replied to our emails and then we sat. We opened a bottle of fizz because: OHMYGOD YOU HAVE A BOOK AND WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING.

We took a sip, after toasting to Laura's achievements and both looked each other square in the eye.

This drink, tasted like heaven. Basically my mouth burst with all the insanely tasty fruity flavours.

I want to let you in on a little secret.

I rarely drink alcohol.
A blog post featuring the launch of Gallo Spritz and Becoming the new memoir by Laura Jane Williams

A blog post featuring the launch of Gallo Spritz and Becoming the new memoir by Laura Jane Williams

I guess there are a number of factors when it comes down to why exactly - but the main thing? I can never find alcohol I like the taste of. When I was younger and drank for drinking's sake, I'd be the one in the corner holding her nose, hoping no-one would notice whilst she gulped a few mouthfuls down in the hope she'd fit in.

I suppose I shook all that off when I grew up, but the stigma attached kind of stuck with me. I just didn't find myself leaning towards having a drink because I'd always associated it with bad tasting concoctions.

But then there are special occasions, the times where all your friends raise a glass in celebration to something, someone - to Laura, and it's in those moments I want to toast with them. Not because I feel I should, it'd just be nice - to be at the book launch party and not just be sipping my sparkling water in a champagne flute.

So with that being said, I can honestly say I've never taken a sip of alcohol that hasn't made my shoulders shudder and my eyes squint - until this night.

I won't leave you in suspense any longer, I'm sure you;re dying to know what it is ;-)

This is the new Spritz Peach and Nectarine from Gallo Family Vineyards.
A blog post featuring the launch of Gallo Spritz and Becoming the new memoir by Laura Jane Williams

A blog post featuring the launch of Gallo Spritz and Becoming the new memoir by Laura Jane Williams

This fruity drink bursting with flavour could've been honeysuckle, literally the perfect drink to celebrate such a special time especially with its gentle fizz. We all have a tendency to stick our noses up at obvious advertorials - but actually, I couldn't be happier to have found something so perfect for my lifestyle and to be able to share it with you too.

It really was the perfect week. Seeing someone achieve their dreams. Seeing that hard work and determination and drive pays off, ten-fold. Realising that with a pinch of self-belief a recipe for dreams to come true can be created. And that we could both celebrate over a glass of subtle fizz put the cherry on top for me.

I read Laura's book in a matter of hours. I won't spoil it for you, but let's just say, if you've ever had your heartbroken, you'll relate. It's a good one (and you can get it here, if you'd like).

How amazing it is, to be your friend Laura, to see this amazing journey unfold. You've awoken a fire in my belly to keep striving for the things I want in life that no goal is too far to reach, no obstacle too high. And I love you, I do.

Here's to your next chapter.
A blog post featuring the launch of Gallo Spritz and Becoming the new memoir by Laura Jane Williams

Hello amazing life adventures, Hello Gallo.

This post is sponsored by Gallo Family Vineyards.

When it's time for wine, say Hello to Gallo.#HelloSpritz #HelloGallo

There are three delicious flavours in the range:

New Spritz Peach & Nectarine
Spritz Raspberry & Lime
Spritz Pineapple & Passionfruit

If you want to try the new Gallo Spritz, check out their store locator. You can shop the range and find your favourite variant here

Photography by Jack Williams (Laura's wonderful Brother!)

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Monday, 25 July 2016

AIDA SHOREDITCH EDITORIAL.

AIDA Shoreditch London Editorial with Wonderful You Style Blogger

AIDA Shoreditch London Editorial with Wonderful You Style Blogger

AIDA Shoreditch London Editorial with Wonderful You Style Blogger

AIDA Shoreditch London Editorial with Wonderful You Style Blogger

AIDA Shoreditch London Editorial with Wonderful You Style Blogger

AIDA Shoreditch London Editorial with Wonderful You Style Blogger

AIDA Shoreditch London Editorial with Wonderful You Style Blogger

AIDA Shoreditch London Editorial with Wonderful You Style Blogger

AIDA Shoreditch London Editorial with Wonderful You Style Blogger

AIDA Shoreditch London Editorial with Wonderful You Style Blogger

AIDA Shoreditch London Editorial with Wonderful You Style Blogger

AIDA Shoreditch London Editorial with Wonderful You Style Blogger



London. I’m asked on a weekly basis if I live there and my response is always the same: It’s a place I like to visit, but love to leave. The hustle and bustle, constant rush and unnecessary rudeness of strangers always leaves me rather flustered and longing for the comfort of the countryside. But there’s one place that never fails to makes me feel at home when I’m there: AIDA, Shoreditch. 

AIDA is a fashion store like no other. Their family run business’ main aim is to offer a different shopping experience to their customers - bringing creatives together in a place that makes you feel inspired. They provide incredible fashion for men and women from European, independent brands but their uniqueness doesn’t stop there. The store itself is home to a coffee shop, a makeup parlour and not only does it stock amazing fashion pieces but it also sells homeware and regular charity and cinema nights are held in store, too. Basically, it’s like they realised all my dreams when it comes to shopping and made them all come true under one tiny London roof. 

It goes without saying then, that when they suggested we shoot together I basically pee’d my pants with excitement. There’s pretty much nothing as lovely as a brand you love appreciating what you do, too. 

We collaborated together on this shoot with two amazing creatives; Firstly their freelance (and amazing) stylist, Rowan - this lady, not only is she the bees knees when it comes to fashion but she’s also the loveliest human and knew exactly what items to pick out for me when it came to this shoot. And secondly the incredible talent, Stew Bryden was the photographer. I always feel a little uneasy when it comes to having my photo taken by people I don’t know, but he was so laid back and kind that I sort of forgot we were even ‘working’. We spent the afternoon as a three, wandering around the streets of Shoreditch snapping away. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a shoot as much as I did this one.

I’m so happy with how the images came out - I love how each outfit carefully demonstrates a part of my personality and my love for different styles equally, and that it goes to show that we don’t have to pigeon-hole ourselves in to one specific fashion cocoon - there is so much to explore when it comes to personal style and AIDA offer that opportunity to experiment with your look. 

We also worked on a Style Edit for their site - where I’ve picked out my favourite items from each section of the website for you to browse and shop at your leisure (as well as the pieces I’m wearing in these looks, too). I really hope you’ll take the time to have a look and definitely stop by the store if you’re ever in their neck of the woods. I can put my hand on my heart and say you’ll fall head over heels. They steal my heart a little more every time I visit, too.

Thank you AIDA, for being everything that is right with the fashion world.


Styling by Rowan Swale
Photography by Stew Bryden
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Monday, 18 July 2016

SUMMER LOVIN' ON A BUDGET.

How to do summer on a budget. Keeping monthly costs down and days out for less.



Next year, I want to buy my first home (writing that down seems absolutely mental) and so 2016, for me, is about doing everything I can, on as little money as possible. I want to be able to savesavesave but still enjoy my summer. 

Wonderful You has never been a platform to say I have all the answers, I learn as I go and so sometimes, I want to share the tips and tricks I pick up along the way. And that’s what today’s post will be - a little taster in to how I’m living life to the full, on a total budget and loving every second.How to do summer on a budget. Keeping monthly costs down and days out for less.

How to do summer on a budget. Keeping monthly costs down and days out for less.
Keep Monthly Costs Low

I spend a good percentage of my life glued to my phone, keeping in touch with the people I love and also documenting my life via my blog. And so it goes without saying that I need it to be one of the most affordable areas of my life. Gone are the days where I want to spend £50 a month on a contract that still doesn’t cope with how much I need to use it - especially being self employed, I want to make sure my committed monthly costs are way down. LIFE Mobile offer an affordable rate on monthly SIM only contracts - it’s absolutely perfect for anyone looking for a cheap rate with peace of mind and no *gasps* when opening your bills. It runs on EE so offers great signal too and allows flexibility with tethering, smart cap buffers and data alerts. When it comes to being savvy with my business, this is something I just couldn't be without.
How to do summer on a budget. Keeping monthly costs down and days out for less.

How to do summer on a budget. Keeping monthly costs down and days out for less.

How to do summer on a budget. Keeping monthly costs down and days out for less.

How to do summer on a budget. Keeping monthly costs down and days out for less.

Days Out For Less

Fun days out for less are my absolute favourite and are the second most important part of an affordable summer for me. 

A group of us headed in to Ely last weekend and I spent a grand total of £7 - and here’s what we did.

What to do in Ely, Cambridgeshire

We visited Peacocks Tearooms, which is a beautiful family run cafe overlooking the river. I ate gluten free scones (which tasted amazing FYI), with clotted cream and jam and a massive chocolate milkshake - everything is made to order so is incredibly fresh and tasty and super affordable too. 

How to do summer on a budget. Keeping monthly costs down and days out for less.

How to do summer on a budget. Keeping monthly costs down and days out for less.

How to do summer on a budget. Keeping monthly costs down and days out for less.

How to do summer on a budget. Keeping monthly costs down and days out for less.

How to do summer on a budget. Keeping monthly costs down and days out for less.


How to do summer on a budget. Keeping monthly costs down and days out for less.

How to do summer on a budget. Keeping monthly costs down and days out for less.
Even though Ely feels like a quaint little village, it’s actually a city, housing a rather wonderful Cathedral. Entry is free and the building itself is so beautifully vast you could quite easily lose an afternoon roaming around inside. 

Situated next to Peacocks is Waterside Antiques - the largest antiques centre in East Anglia and again a family run business. Over 65 antique dealers provide precious gems for this place and there’s plenty of parking outside the centre and in the surrounding area in case you discover any hidden treasures to take home. I uncovered a stunning stand that I instantly fell in love with and that Alex and her boyfriend Will later went back to get me for my birthday (I have really good friends). From stunning furniture to diamond rings there’s something in there for everyone and it’s so large it makes for the perfect afternoon adventure. 
How to do summer on a budget. Keeping monthly costs down and days out for less.

How to do summer on a budget. Keeping monthly costs down and days out for less.


How to do summer on a budget. Keeping monthly costs down and days out for less.

How to do summer on a budget. Keeping monthly costs down and days out for less.

It was such a beautiful day that we rounded off the evening back at Will’s with a BBQ - all chipping in a few pounds to create a feast to feed 5,000. It was the perfect way to end such a lovely, jam-packed day that literally cost less than £10.
Sometimes it's hard to know where you can cut corners when it comes to saving money in your everyday life, but if you spend a few days like this a month, spending next to nothing and ensure one of your monthly outgoings is kept to the minimum cost you'll be surprised how much you can save!

How will you be saving money this Summer?

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This post is in collaboration with LIFE Mobile - however all views are my own and I love that posts like this help create some of my favourite memories with the people I love.

Photography by Alexandra Cameron.


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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

FIGHT AND FLIGHT.

Fight and Flight. A blog post on living an imperfect life online.





She made broken look beautiful
and strong look invincible.
She walked with the Universe
on her shoulders and made it
look like a pair of wings.


That's the thing isn't it, everyone is fighting battles we know nothing about. 

I think it’s so important to remember that not everyone you see online, not everything you read, is a true representation of someone’s life. 

Mostly, people will choose to share their best version - showcasing a picturesque life that presents the glossiest moments, and why not? Of course people should share what makes them feel good and there aren’t any rules to be broken here - the internet gives us free reign. I for one love sharing my favourite moments with you guys, and I do believe that surrounding yourself with positivity is key to a happier life.

But to what end?
Fight and Flight. A blog post on living an imperfect life online.

I think it’s important to note, that when you’re scrolling through your favourite instagram accounts and you feel your shoulders slumping and your eyes start to water and maybe you even feel the bile rising in the back of your throat because ‘here we go again, why is my life so shit and everyone else has it so easy?’ that you don’t forget - this life you see, this happiness; it’s temporary and changeable. 

Everyone has bad days, not every meal they eat looks like it’s walked straight off a Pinterest page, not every single hair is always in place, not all beach days looked that effortless and not every relationship is that perfect. 

It’s hard, to look at others lives and not let it be a reflection on your own, to see someone else’s positivity and not cover it in negative energy because it isn’t your good thing. And it’s almost like an obsession, wouldn’t you agree? I mean, it is for me. I find myself scrolling through these perfectly composed blog posts or thought out grid themes on instagram and I’m floored with how much I want to know what these people are doing, I get lost in the beauty and perfection of it all. I find myself asking questions like ‘why don’t you take the time to have a theme, Megan?’ like it’s bad that I don’t, that it’s something I should be doing. But it's so important to also know it's not anyone else's responsibility but my own to realise and understand these fairytale photos are only a fraction of someone else's day.

And then, I try to not let myself get down or give myself a hard time because I’m not as polished as others, or let myself feel stupid that all my hard work doesn't always turn in to dollar bill$. Instead, I remind myself that what I really want, is to do what I can.

I want to let you know I'm vulnerable, that sometimes things hurt me, that sometimes I'm sad, that sometimes I feel inadequate and not good enough.

This isn’t a masquerade ball, it's the dance of my life and I want you to be able to see it from all angles. 

But I also want you to know that I'll keep fighting, that every battle is worth the hardships I face because we only have one life. We learn from the mistakes we make and from observing others, too. 

I want to show the world that I am capable - no matter how heavy my shoulders feel, no matter how broken I am. But I don’t want to be afraid of being honest when sometimes that might mean negativity, and simultaneously I don’t want to be apprehensive to be positive with my accomplishments either. 

For as long as I'm here I want to feel like I'm flying, to not be afraid to soar - to take my achievements and shine them right up, because I’m proud of myself; but also acknowledge that there are some battles I might lose and there are things I can't control. 

I want to strike a balance between the two, for you to look at my life and see something relatable not unattainable.

So when you feel like you're floating on the surface of this imaginary life you wish you had, don't let yourself fall. Lean in to the fear and let yourself fly because it doesn't have to mean fight or flight, we can do both, we can fight our demons, turn that negative energy in to something positive and instead look down at the world we created for ourselves and be proud.

Because perhaps sharing an imperfect life can be just as beautiful.
Fight and Flight. A blog post on living an imperfect life online.

Photography by Alexandra Cameron.


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Monday, 11 July 2016

MASTER YOUR HEALTH WITH CHINESE MEDICINE.

The Hayo'U Method: Master your health with Chinese Medicine and Katie Brindle.

Today I want to share something with you that’s got me genuinely excited. For the longest time, I’ve suffered with anxiety, low energy levels and stress - sometimes it’s manageable, and sometimes it’s not. 

I’ve been to visit my GP endless times – prescribed anti-depressants that helped me to a point but didn’t solve the issues and I’ve recently had a full on blood MOT to rule out anaemia, diabetes and so on. Apparently, a prescribed dose of a ‘good nights sleep’ would do the trick (and of course, sleep would be great) but that doesn’t exactly help when you can’t sleep for worrying, does it? 

I have to admit that I was giving up hope – perhaps I was just meant to feel exhausted all the time, perhaps my stress levels were normal, perhaps I was just over exaggerating and needed to get on with it. 

And then, as if by magic, Katie Brindle got in touch. 

5 minutes with this wonderful lady and I'd learnt so much more about my body than I've ever known in my 27 years on this planet. 

So what am I talking about? 

Let me introduce you to HAYO’U, the Chinese Medicine specialists - and give me a minute, I promise it’s not as a wanky as it sounds. 
The Hayo'U Method: Master your health with Chinese Medicine and Katie Brindle.
You’re reading a blog from the girl who isn’t on the wavelength of spiritualism or star signs. I find it really difficult to get onboard with that kind of stuff. I guess I’ve realised that unless something has science behind it, it’s not really for me. And HAYO’U has heaps of it. So stick with me, I promise it’ll be worth it. 

What’s the difference between Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine? 

Western Medicine treats disease after its manifested the body, whereas Chinese Medicine will help to prevent the manifestation in the first place. 

Self-care. 

It seems so obvious doesn’t it? And we probably all think we’re already doing it. 

So here’s the deal. The Chinese believe that emotions have a huge importance on the physical effects of the body - within Chinese Medicine emotions are considered to be one of the main causes of disease (which yes, left me with my eyebrows raised too, but stick with me). They believe if we tackle our emotions head on, we should see an improvement in our general health. 

Think about it, you’ve experienced heartache, right? Where your heart physically aches for another human? But for some reason or another we, and western doctors, brush it off. The same wouldn’t be said if we were to have a migraine so why is it then, that we’re not listening to our bodies? That when we feel that pain within us, we’re not realising that actually it could be related to our emotional state rather than just a physical ailment. To me, it was like a penny dropped. 

HAYO’U aim to provide a bible of knowledge on how we can better care for ourselves - to be educated on even the most basic level as to how Chinese Medicine can improve your health. And we’re not talking herbs and needles here. 

The idea isn’t to rule out westernised culture, either. Of course, we have an incredible healthcare system, and if you are feeling poorly, overwhelmed or very unwell you should 100% still seek medical advice. But Katie’s beliefs are so simple - of course we could help ourselves more. By understanding our bodies a little better, we could potentially reduce the need to visit the doctors because there’s the possibility that we could help reduce our own stress levels and much, much more. 

I’ve been guilty of just eating and drinking and living the way what I want and thinking my body will sort out the rest, without having any knowledge of what I’m putting in and (to be brutally honest) how its coming out. 

And here’s why I’m a HAYO’U convert. 
The Hayo'U Method: Master your health with Chinese Medicine and Katie Brindle.
You know those inconclusive blood tests I told you about? Well turns out I’m gluten intolerant. I didn’t find that out through my GP, I found that out through Katie. She asked me to complete a health questionnaire, listing my diet, exercise and average routine for a typical week. I’d been sat with her for less than a minute and she immediately said something was up with my digestion. 

Not once, when visiting my doctor, did anyone mention that it might be my diet that was causing me such grief. 

It’s been a month since I last ate gluten and I feel amazing. Katie advised me it was clear to her that my chronic exhaustion, mood swings and lack of enthusiasm were down to my diet - and she knew all of this because she understands the body in a way we don’t yet. 

I cut it out completely and now? My energy levels are sky high, I actually feel like exercising and midday naps? I don’t even give them a second thought anymore. I feel good after I eat and it’s made me feel kinda stupid actually, that I didn’t realise before now how uncomfortable I was after eating that bowl of pasta or how quickly it needed to come out of me (TMI, soz). 

knew something was up with my body, I just didn’t know how to fix it. But with the HAYO’U knowledge strapped firmly under my belt I’m able to look after myself and take control of my health in a much, well, healthier way. 

My anxiety levels have been reduced through the fact that I’m practising the HAYO’U rituals too, and not to mention that they’re naturally reduced anyway due to the fact that I can sleep better because my stomach isn’t constantly in agony. I’ve spoken about my anxiety at length on my blog and I know it’s something that a lot of you suffer with too, so having really simple, achievable practices in place are super important. The daily rituals Katie provide might initially have you turning your nose up, but they really do work, so please give them a chance - if like me, you find nothing else works - at least give this a try. 

The rituals take one-minute and my favourite can be done anywhere, at anytime. 

Breathing. It’s as simple as that. 

When we experience pain we tend to take shallow breaths rather than breathing deeply. If you close your eyes and take 5 deep breaths you’ll instantly feel better. Katie advises to firstly exhale the stale air by breathing in and out 3 times as hard as you can. And then, eyes closed, breathe in for 5 counts through the nose then out for 5 counts through the mouth. An important part of the process is imagining something that really makes you smile whilst breathing - focusing on it travelling down into your internal organs and relaxing your muscles. Use your diaphragm to move the breath through your entire body. There are plenty more exercises you can try too, they’re completely free and I promise, if you practice them every day you’ll start to feel SO much better. The idea is to tackle the stress you're feeling before it wreaks havoc on your body - prevention is key here. Research shows that stress can impact our immune system, making us more susceptible to disease and introducing these exercises in to your life will get you started on the right road (there are plenty more options too!) 
So if you’re panicking on the London underground, sitting in standstill traffic or simply getting dressed and ready for the day - you can literally do these rituals at any time. Katie has even filmed short videos to show you how to perform the practices perfectly. Find out more about those by clicking here. 

If you struggle with high stress levels, or simply want to learn more about your emotions and your body, I would strongly recommend giving the HAYO’U site a little read. I know it might not be for everyone, but I wasn’t sure it was for me either. I explored every avenue I thought I could to work my way back to a healthier human and I couldn’t do it. Not until Katie taught me that learning more about my body would give me so many answers. This site will educate you, completely free of charge, on the basics of the benefits of Chinese Medicine in the western world and I’m 100% confident you’ll learn things about yourself, too. I’ve not only improved my physical health through HAYO’U, but my mental state too. 

For that, I’ll be forever grateful.

This post is in collaboration with HAYO'U but all views are my own - this site has changed my life!


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