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Thursday, 22 September 2016

FALLING IN LOVE.

Visiting Paris with the apartment and villa M for the Who's Next and Premiere Classe trade show.
Visiting Paris with the apartment and villa M for the Who's Next and Premiere Classe trade show.

Visiting Paris with the apartment and villa M for the Who's Next and Premiere Classe trade show.

2016 is the year that has introduced me to Paris - firstly in April with Jamie for our one year anniversary and again, this month, with The Apartment and Villa M. 

The Apartment whisked us away for 72 hours in the beautiful capital - attending the fashion buyers show Who’s Next and Premiere Classe. We acted as buyers for the weekend, curating our own store front window via mood boards, taking inspiration from the new designers pieces, with the chance of winning a trip to Tokyo to make the mood board a reality. Pretty nifty, non? (I didn’t win, but I have rekindled a love for scrap-booking and was introduced to some pretty stunning designers, so we’re all winners here right?)

We all know that Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world, and this trip saw me not only fall more in love with fashion but I also fell head over heels for someone new… 

Girlfriends. 
Visiting Paris with the apartment and villa M for the Who's Next and Premiere Classe trade show.

Visiting Paris with the apartment and villa M for the Who's Next and Premiere Classe trade show.

Visiting Paris with the apartment and villa M for the Who's Next and Premiere Classe trade show.


If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times before - blogging has seen the beginning of so many wonderful friendships for me and each and every time one begins to bloom I can’t quite fathom how lucky I am to be surrounded by such inspiring, incredible women. 

Of course, it’s not always that simple, and there have been times where I’ve been left stung by behaviour in this community - but coming out the other side of it only reaffirms how amazing the good ones really are. 

Trips away with other bloggers can be an intense environment, especially for those of us who are particularly anxious; and I’ve had a few comments over on Twitter lately that other bloggers would love to meet new people but are just too frightened of rejection. 
Well I can tell you one thing for sure - what it does do is force your hand - you have to embrace it, be accepting of people and allow yourself to relax in to the unknown. It’s scary, but I can pretty much guarantee it will be worth the initial worry. Everyone is in the same boat and everyone wants to feel liked, appreciated and accepted - much like blogging itself funnily enough. Whether it's a bloggers press event or even a school trip, it doesn't matter, people are people and you are you. And you are good enough.

Putting yourself out there and saying 'I'm worth giving a shot' is really difficult. It takes balls and maybe you won't always be greeted with open arms, but then maybe you will - and maybe you'll meet some of the best people you've ever met. 

Maybe, if you allow yourself to push your own boundaries, say yes to opportunities that scare you, with new people you don't know yet, you could be left surprised - and perhaps with a few extra buddies, too.

For the ones you're most apprehensive to meet, may be the ones you turn to in the future, for the next big scary thing.

And so here's to The Apartment and here’s to Paris, for bringing more amazing ladies in to my life.

'When it feels scary to jump, that is exactly when you jump, otherwise you end up staying in the same place your whole life, and that I can't do'. - Abel Morales
Visiting Paris with the apartment and villa M for the Who's Next and Premiere Classe trade show.

Visiting Paris with the apartment and villa M for the Who's Next and Premiere Classe trade show.

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Monday, 12 September 2016

DENIM DAZE.

How to wear denim in summer.

How to wear denim in summer.

How to wear denim in summer.

How to wear denim in summer.


Monochrome has been my entire wardrobe for as long as i can recall - and so when it comes to summer style I’ve always struggled to find pieces that can keep me cool but still let me feel like myself.

And then this summer I discovered a new love.

The Denim Look.

My summer wardrobe has been updated with multiple denim dresses from white to acid wash and black to blue. For someone who finds summer styling the most boring of all seasons it’s added a new dimension for me - denim allows me to still be structured with my style and veer on the girly side without completely falling over the edge in to a frilly-princess-dreams.

And this dress from ASOS is one i couldn’t resist sharing with you - it’s got everything spot on, from the midi length to the wrap around fastening and the self-tie top to the button keyhole back. It’s a relaxed fit with an adjustable waist (you know, for when you’ve attended one too many BBQ’s) - and it fits my favourite kind of style: effortless. You can throw this on and away you go - everything about it proves that denim dresses can be the new summer staple in your wardrobe.
How to wear denim in summer.

How to wear denim in summer.

How to wear denim in summer.

How to wear denim in summer.

How to wear denim in summer.

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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

COLOUR ME HAPPY.






This post is a promotional feature in collaboration with Danone Light* & Free

As we get older, our bodies change, it’s a natural thing of course, where your tummy starts to get a little plumper and nothings quite as ‘together’ as it once was - but it’s crept up on me and it’s left me feeling a little uneasy.

When it comes to fitness I’ll be the first to say I’m no professional. I know I’ll never be a gym bunny or someone who’ll only eat my favourite foods on a cheat day. I suppose I’m the one who sits somewhere in the middle – I’m the girl that wants to feel amazing, exercises ever so occasionally, but who doesn’t have the desire to put the strenuous hours in to making it a by-the-book, strict routine. I’ll sometimes find myself looking at friends, sporting rippling abs and pert bottoms, feeling the jealously bubbling inside. It’s the kind of thing that can leave me feeling a bit gross and lazy, you know?

Of course it’s easy to look at people and think ‘I wish I had that body’, but it’s also important to remember everyone has their own personal hang-ups, too. Just like how I wish my boobs were that little bit bigger, or that any weight I do manage to put on didn’t just sit on my tummy. Looking in the mirror and not liking what you see as a woman can be totally crushing. 

At a time where I’ve been feeling lower than ever about my body, Light & Free got in touch, it’s like they knew and somehow managed to lift my spirits. 

They challenged me to do something completely spontaneous and share it with you, to live a Light & Free life, as it were.

Their email was a breath of fresh air and so whilst I was feeling motivated, I booked myself and Jamie on to the Color Run. A 5k circuit where powdered paint is thrown over you as you run around the course. 




We received a parcel in the post, including our color run t-shirts, headbands, glitter paint and temporary tattoos - the marketing alone was enough to get me excited. It was an early start, so we packed up a hamper of fresh fruit and of course the Light & Free yogurt from Danone and were on our way. 

Parking up and walking down amongst the crowds of excited strangers instantly picked us up – as we got closer to the starting line the floor was thudding from the baseline of the music and the DJ shouting words of encouragement across the speakers to the people all ready and raring to go. 

It didn’t feel like we were preparing ourselves to exercise – it felt like we were there to simply be happy. 

Never before have I put exercise and fun in the same sentence (well, not without being totally sarcastic anyway) – but I genuinely felt lighter. Looking around at everyone taking part and seeing nothing but waves of colourful, smiling faces was overwhelming. Thousands of bodies, completely free of judgement, simply there to start their morning in the happiest way possible. Placing Jamie’s hand on my chest so he could feel how fast my heart was beating from the light jog we were doing and holding hands through the bursts of paint - without sounding like a massive cliche, in that moment, it did feel like time stood still a little bit. We were having fun, nothing more, nothing less. It was the first time I’ve been in an environment for exercise where I’ve felt totally at ease.






And the thing is, I do want to live a healthy life - and I’m starting to learn there’s no right or wrong way to do that; there’s just my way. 

Life is busy. And for me, living Light & Free doesn’t need to mean that I have a structured fitness routine - it means I can find ways to stay fit but in a way that I find fun. Exercise may not be my favourite thing, but when it’s teamed with a hype-DJ, my boyfriend, buckets full of colourful paint and a great tasting, completely fat free yoghurt, what’s not to enjoy?








"LIGHT* & FREE: 0% FAT 0% ADDED SUGAR** - *OVER 30% FEWER CALORIES THAN MOST FULL FAT FRUIT YOGURTS **CONTAINS NATURALLY OCCURRING SUGARS"

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Thursday, 1 September 2016

BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY.

A blog review on FemFresh and feminine hygiene.

When I was a teenager, I was the girl who struggled to make friends. I wanted to be part of the cool gang of popular girls, the ones who all the boys gravitated towards, the ones who were allowed to stay out partying when they were 14 and had the coolest clothes - but I just didn’t fit. 
I gave myself a complex about not being cool enough and let that ego of mine damage some pretty lovely friendships. 

I was bullied - because at school you can’t win, can you? I put myself out there so the popular kids knew who I was, with hopes I’d blend right in, but instead I made myself stick out like a sore thumb - and descended on a slippery, downward slope of emotional abuse and self depreciation. It’s safe to say high school wasn’t my favourite time, and I often wish I could go back and do it all differently. 

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. 

And so today I’m writing an open letter - to all those young girls like me. To take some ownership of the girl I wish I could’ve been back then. To talk about a topic young Megan would’ve been too scared to shout about. 

I have a huge interest in beauty - from my hair care to makeup and manicures to massages, I love it all. And then there’s another area we all tend to steer away from…

Feminine Hygiene. 

Because looking after your vagina is for losers, right?

Is it heck.
A blog review on FemFresh and feminine hygiene.

I can’t help but feel the nastiness that can go on when we’re younger leads us to become so much more embarrassed and private about this kind of subject. Even now, at 27 years old, friends will see FemFresh in my toiletry bag and snigger - but the girl I am now turns around and says ‘have you actually tried it? Because it’s bloody good’. 

I’ve used FemFresh for years and absolutely swear by it. It’s not a product for a ‘problem area’ it’s just there to keep you clean, like any body wash would. The reason I reach for it is because my vagina is pretty important to me (and rightly so) - and making sure she’s healthy by maintaining a balance in pH levels is my main priority. Like, you wouldn’t wash your hair with fairy liquid, so why is this any different? 

I know that 14 year old Megan wouldn’t have been able to take this to gym class, she’d have been laughed out of school, and that’s what I want to change. 

I’m learning that I, we, can be who we wan't to be. And that that's way more fun than trying to blend in with a crowd you’d most certainly be better off without.

I want us all to be brave enough to be the girl who rises above negativity and stands up for herself. Our lady parts, in any context, shouldn’t be something we’re scared of. 

Don’t be the girl who makes others feel smaller because of your own insecurities. 

Be the girl who helps make a change. Be the girl who makes being a woman something to be celebrated. 
A blog review on FemFresh and feminine hygiene.

This post is in collaboration with FemFresh.

Photography by Alexandra Cameron.


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Monday, 22 August 2016

LAYERING IN SUMMER.

How-to-style blog post: How to layer your clothing in summer with Miss Patina.

How-to-style blog post: How to layer your clothing in summer with Miss Patina.


Layering clothes is my favourite part of the Autumn/Winter wardrobe. I've always found summer styling pretty difficult as simply wearing a top and shorts doesn't particularly excite me - but thanks to Miss Patina, I've discovered something pretty darn exciting. 

With a sheer dress or top you can add a whole other element to your outfit - I like to think of it as the smarter, more sophisticated, bikini beach throw over. 

Some of us love a good crop top, the ones that show off just a hint of our midriffs; but sometimes it's just not appropriate to have your tummy out, or perhaps you're not feeling overly comfortable that day - this is where a sheer item comes in handy. You can simply throw it on over any two piece and away you go. 

I've seen it done a lot with mesh and body-con, but it's really refreshing to see it in a more girly, delicately feminine style. I'm head over heels for the polka-dot detailing to the body and the tear-drop pearls on the sleeves with this one - and the way it clashes with the print of the two piece underneath, but makes it pop at the same time. 
How-to-style blog post: How to layer your clothing in summer with Miss Patina.

How-to-style blog post: How to layer your clothing in summer with Miss Patina.


What do you think? Is this something you could work in to your summer staples, too?

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Photography by the amazing Alexandra Cameron
 

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