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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

28.

turning 28 photography by alexandra cameron

On July 3rd I turned 28.

I wanted to write a post to myself. Reflecting this last year of my life and all that I've learned. 
  1. Being open and honest with family will free your soul - Honesty is something you pride yourself on and practice on the daily, but when it comes to family it's not so simple. The fear of saying something out of turn, or hurting the feelings of people who will be forever by your side is daunting - but it's without doubt the best decision you've made this year. 
  2. Toxic people will come and go - With friendships, you'll trust them with your life until they give you reason not to. Learning to accept that not everyone will be what you expect is a challenge that won't ever get easier; but removing negativity from your life will never be bad for the soul. 
  3. Mental Health is just as important as physical health - Enough said.
  4. Standing up for yourself is liberating - It's not always easy, but it will always be worth it.
  5. Being an adult is testing - You've felt more anxiety about life choices this year than any other - but taking time to make them is okay. 
  6. Cheese is actually okay - Particularly Marks and Spencer beef mac & cheese.
  7. True friendship withstands the test of time - and any kind of weather. 
  8. A purely monochrome wardrobe will become a thing of the past - Who knew you loved red so much? 
  9. Forgiving is not forgetting - So true, thanks Paramore. 
  10. When you set your mind to something, you are capable - Even when you least believe it. 
  11. You can deal with change - And you will. 
  12. Your body is not invincible - If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Don't wait, do something about it.
  13. Surrounding yourself with good, caring people will change your life - It's amazing how far kindness can stretch. 
  14. No-one will work as hard for you as you'll work for yourself - And that's okay. If you don't try you'll never know, it's not a mistake just a lesson. 
  15. Everything you want is on the other side of fear - Quite literally. 
  16. Committing yourself to achieve your dreams pays off. 
  17. Potato smiles will always be the best comfort food - Am I right? 
  18. Saying no won't be as difficult as you imagine.
  19. Saying yes won't be either. 
  20. Travelling will open your eyes and your mind - It'll be scary and testing and emotional but also everything. 
  21. Depression does not define you. 
  22. Interior Design makes you happy - And you're actually quite good at it. 
  23. IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara will change your life - Well, your lashes at least.
  24. Location, Location, Location will continue to be the best TV show.
  25. You'll be loved so fiercely you almost won't believe it - Jamie will continually surprise you with his loyalty and kindness. 
  26. No matter how many flat lays you see, you'll still not want a Chanel handbag - Think of all the money you're saving. 
  27. Being self-employed will be conflicting - Just know that even when you don't feel it, you have complete control of how you move forward. 
  28. You'll definitely feel older this year - But with age comes knowledge, and you'll love shaping your future as an adult. 
turning 28 photography by alexandra cameron

Here's to 29...

I'm excited.

Photography by Alexandra Cameron


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Monday, 26 June 2017

YOU ARE ENOUGH.

YOU ARE ENOUGH: A Blog post on the unachievable standards and photoshop in our digital age

We live in a world of glossy magazines, supermodels and unachievable standards. 

The divide between reality and pretend has never been so prevalent. 

It can feel so difficult to be your normal, every day self in a world where ideals are consistently rammed down your throat. 

And of course, it's a long and slippery slope when you start on the path of self comparison - of which we're all guilty of. 
But don't forget, no matter how far you fall, there is still reality out there, and it's you. Beautiful, wonderful you. 

This site has, and always will be, a place of authenticity. And so when my lady Alex Cameron asked if I'd be up for taking some photos that were completely stripped back, I jumped at the chance. We were simply hanging out, having some dinner and enjoying the early evening sunshine when Al suggested it. I hadn't shaved my legs or worn good undies and my makeup had been on since 9am. But that's the whole point.

These images are here to say you needn't photoshop your body or your life.

We should all feel comfortable enough to share the real us. 

We're all beautiful.

YOU ARE ENOUGH: A Blog post on the unachievable standards and photoshop in our digital age

There is no 'real' body - we come in different shapes and sizes and that's what's normal. We shouldn't have to censor ourselves to fit an ideal. 

One day that will be true. Across the board, anybody will be the norm - it has to be.

For our younger generation. 

We need them to know that anything is possible, that there is no limit, no barrier stopping them achieving their dreams. I don't want another generation to go through pain and suffering of self depreciation and hatred. I want them to feel continually empowered and strong and beautiful. 

And hitting publish on this is going to be bloody tough for me. It would be so easy to smooth out my tummy, or plump up my breasts. Of course, there are so many things about myself I wish I could change aesthetically; and so, sharing an image in which I actively bare those hangups, without masking them...is well, a lot. 

But to anyone that feels like you're not enough, or that you'll never 'get there' - know that you already are. Know that the size of your breasts or stomach don't define how incredible you are. Know that your lifestyle, whatever that may be, doesn't take away from what you have to offer to the world. 

You are enough.

It's not a competition, it's a doorway. - Mary Oliver

Photography by Alexandra Cameron



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Thursday, 22 June 2017

THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME: TREK AMERICA DEEP SOUTH BLT.

THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME: TREK AMERICA DEEP SOUTH BLT

If there's one thing I've taken home from the south, it's the overwhelming kindness and love that everyone has for one another. It unsettled me a little, actually - to know that I come from a society that is far more reserved...private - when really, it doesn’t need to be that way.

Their love for food, creating a happy atmosphere and just generally enjoying life was all encompassing. I wanted a slice of the pie, to be apart of something, to feel that love.

I think their beautiful mentality was a huge part of me embracing every moment whilst I was there. I'm a very insular person and I find myself almost always floundering in social situations - but that just wasn't the case here. I wanted to know everything about the guys I was travelling with, soak up every bit of information each tour guide gave us. I wanted to share stories and beliefs and experiences.

We'd spend up to six hours on the mini bus some days and I loved every second - snoozing in between taking in the landscape and stopping off on the beaten track at gas stations to pick up a $89 XXXL Dr Pepper fountain drink. Listening to my trip mates music playlists and eating my hearts content of cheetos. There wasn’t anywhere I’d rather be.

I rode a bike for the first time in about 15 years. We cycled around Birmingham, Alabama with a guided tour - learning about their incredible history and the civil rights institute.

Ate tomato pie at Wildflower Cafe and clam spaghetti at Bottega restaurant.

I abseiled 85ft down a mountain in Fort Payne and climbed back up it.

Cinnamon swirls bigger than my head were consumed, and I went GoKarting for the first time in my life. I tasted every flavour of moonshine in The Smoky Mountains and danced in Gatlinburg’s streets to country music.

We wrote a song in Nashville, at Studio B - all about Kristabel. She loved to wander off at any given opportunity and would text half an hour later saying 'where are ya'll?'

Visiting the studio in Nashville where Elvis recorded over 200 of his songs will always be a highlight - for that hour I was totally consumed by that buildings history, so many incredible moments were had right here - and we recorded our own song, too!

Standing in Elvis’ kitchen and sipping milkshakes in his mums diner.

Eating the best southern fried chicken to grace this land.

Taking a moment to appreciate what our world has achieved - standing in the spot where Martin Luther King was assassinated and then standing in the middle of the crowd at Beale Street Music Festival, listening to Kings of Leon.

Watching the sun set over the Mississippi River with live music, opera singing, giant jenga and cocktails in Natchez.

Wandering the buzzing streets of New Orleans, soaking up the last hours of our trip with Pimms and jazz, music on the street and peanut butter burgers.

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THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME: TREK AMERICA DEEP SOUTH BLT


These photos tell one of the greatest adventures of my life.

And the list for how much I loved TrekAmerica could go on forever.

It pushed all of my boundaries. I’ve lived a sheltered life - through my own choice mind, but there is so much I haven't tried or experienced. Every aspect of this trip unearthed more about me I didn't know. I felt the fear and did it anyway. I made friends I’ll keep for life. I met people that opened my eyes. I felt excitement and energy every single day. I realised, that by simply letting myself, I could gain access to a more fulfilled life.

I couldn’t recommend this trip more. To travel the world and feel safe, to travel the world and learn more than you could hope for, to travel the world and grow - TrekAmerica you’ve got it all.

Find out all the info and sign up for our Deep South BLT trip here.

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

WEIRD & WONDERFUL.


WEIRD & WONDERFUL: Do what you want when it comes to fashion.

WEIRD & WONDERFUL: Do what you want when it comes to fashion.



The great thing about fashion is, we have creative control - and that’s exactly what makes it so goddamn special.

I recently attended a ‘fashun' event where I was countlessly asked the questions:

‘What’s on trend this season?’

‘What are your fashion dont’s?’

‘What colours are in?’

And I answered the same every time. 

‘I don’t really care’.

Not because it’s not, or shouldn't be, important to someone, but because it’s just absolutely not what fashion is about for me. 

I want every single woman and man out there to be able to put on whatever the hell they want and wear it with confidence. Because it makes them feel good. Because when you wear that dress you want to take on the world. Because those brogues make you feel a million bucks - and those sweatpants? They see you through each and every single day. 

I want to wear summer dresses with my oversized, unordinary Celine Lola Sunglasses - so I will. And I’ll do it with confidence - because it’s for me and no-one else. So if you want to clash prints? Do it. Or you fancy wearing brown and black or socks with sandals? Then just DO it.



It's okay to be weird and wonderful at the same time. 
WEIRD & WONDERFUL: Do what you want when it comes to fashion.

WEIRD & WONDERFUL: Do what you want when it comes to fashion.

I know we all have certain styles that won’t suit us, that perhaps we can’t always wear what we see on the catwalks, even though we might like to. 

But when you look at something and fall in love with it, that’s when it’s meant to be. That’s when you say screw what anyone else thinks, this is my time and I’m going to look bloody great, thank you very much. 

For a moment, be brave, put the media’s ideals behind you - forget what you’re ‘supposed’ to conform to and go for it. I doubt highly, that’ll you’ll regret it.

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Thursday, 1 June 2017

FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS: TREK AMERICA

FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS: TREK AMERICA DEEP SOUTH BLT


I decided to do a trek of America without giving it a moments thought. It wasn't until I was sat on the minibus, having landed at New Orleans just moments before, that reality hit me.

I would be spending 8 days, trekking from state to state, with a group of people I didn't know, spending 6 hours a day on the road and bunking up with the others in the evening.

I sat on my own on the mini bus on the way to our first hotel. A few tears escaped my eyes and I tried my best to disguise them. I was hormonal and tired and still very much in the grips of depression. I had been so excited at the prospect of seeing America again, I hadn’t realised - that perhaps I’d overestimated myself. Perhaps I thought I was in better health than I actually was. That maybe this would be too much and that I'd made a big mistake thinking I was capable.

It was late and the others were all headed out to get pizza. I stayed at the hostel by myself, popped on my pyjamas, eye mask and ear plugs and aimed to sleep it off. If nothing else, I knew I had to stay true to what I could do, not what anyone else may expect.

I woke up the next morning, our first day of travelling ahead of us, and I made the decision there and then.

These opportunities are few and far between, for all I know I may never get to see this part of the world again and so I said to myself:

'You're going to roll with the punches Megan, and soak up every god damn beautiful part of this trip. Let your insecurities and worries trickle off your shoulders and embrace strangers becoming friends and parts of the world teaching you more than you could've dreamed'.

And so I did.

Yes, anyone can write a guide on how to travel, but TrekAmerica quite literally changed my mindset, it brought me out of the shell I'd been hiding under for a year and it taught me endless lessons.

And I can't wait to share them with you.

The Deep South BLT baby - coming to a blog post near you very soon.

Book your TrekAmerica trip today HERE.

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