29 April 2018

Guess Who's Back!?


{Photo by Emma}
Well, hello again.
It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Three whole months to be exact. Three months without anything to tell you, yet so much has happened. I’d like to sit here and pretend that I have something really exciting to update you on, but I don’t.

The truth is, I decided to take a little break from blogging to focus on my degree. I know you’re probably fed up of me talking about university, but it’s been a huge part of my life for the past three years. And on Monday, I finished for good.

It’s been the most stressful three months of my life, what with trying to meet deadlines and balancing a 9 to 5 job. Towards the end, I found myself relying on coffee and energy drinks to stop me from going insane (even though I’m pretty sure that happened anyway). I said goodbye to my social life and my Disney holidays and switched to spending every waking moment in the library.  I even had to turn down various blogging events which is something that was so hard for me to do. It's three months that I’ll never get back, but they were vital and I’m hoping that all the hard work and sleepless nights have paid off.

Leaving University has left me feeling both proud and upset. I knew I was never going to be ready to leave, sure I wanted the deadlines and the stress to be over, but I didn’t want to leave the student life. I didn’t want to leave the friends who have been like my family. Everyone’s going on to do different things with different people and it’s hard to let go. It feels like it’s over before it’s begun. But, we’ve got graduation to be looking forward to. It’s crazy to think that I could have been graduating with a drama degree. 

So, what else has been happening?
Well, aside from finishing my degree – which I’m pretty happy with, by the way – I’ve been working, going to the theatre and planning lots of lovely blog posts. I’ve been to see The Rat Pack and Wicked, both of which were outstanding, and it was lovely to be in different surroundings and spend time with my loved ones. If you follow me on Twitter, you'll also have noticed that I've been getting into the rugby recently, particularly rugby league. Now, don't get me wrong, I was the least sporty person in school but Dad dragged me along to a Saints and Wigan match, and I've never looked back. It's been so nice to do something with my Dad, just me and him. If Saints get to the final this year, you can guarantee we'll be there! 

Last week, Mum and I took a trip to Leeds to visit the Emmerdale Studio Experience (expect a blog post coming soon) and I’ve had two pieces of writing published in the last month. So, you could say that things are starting to look up – at least that’s what I’m hopeful for.

Am I back blogging?
Yes. And it feels so good.
When I submitted my final assignment on Monday, I felt an overwhelming sense of freedom. I could do what I wanted, when I wanted, and I wasn’t tied down to anyone. I was free to write whatever I wanted to without someone scrutinising every word. But I got myself stuck in a rut. Writing has become a chore for me. It’s not enjoyable anymore and I need to get myself out of that mindset.

This week, I’ve been catching up with some of my favourite bloggers and reminding myself why I started to blog in the first place. From now on, this little space on the internet will be the only source of writing I do. It’s where my heart is and it’s where my heart has always been. I hope now that my degree is over, I can finally get back to loving what I do.

I’ve got an exciting couple of months planned, what with a graduation ball, my 21st birthday and my graduation itself. I can’t wait to document my journey and bring you along with me for the ride.

Here’s to the future!

Lots of Love,

Meg


Xxx
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11 February 2018

Hey Mama, Welcome to the Sixties!

If I could travel back in time, I'd like to experience what it was like to be a teenager in the 50's/60's. It was the best time for everything; music, Hollywood and of course fashion. Frank Sinatra was on the radio, The Beatles were taking the world by storm, Audrey Hepburn was on the big screen and mini skirts were making a comeback. What's not to love? 

I was having a browse on ASOS when I came across this Double-Breasted Mini Skirt. I fell in love with it straight away, so as a little treat for passing my Uni assignments, I selected my size and added it to my shopping bag. Although this skirt is something I'd consider to be very 'me', it's not something I'd normally buy so I was nervous to see how it would look and if I could pull it off. 

The first thing that initially drew me to the skirt was the burnt orange colour. It's not a colour that makes a big appearance in my wardrobe, however, I'm trying to take more risks with my fashion choices this year so it seemed like the perfect addition. The black buttons are such a nice contrast and give the skirt such a sixties vibe - a look I've tried (and failed) to pull off in the past. 

The skirt is more high waisted than I was expecting and is quite tight around the waist, but it is incredibly flattering and will show off your perfect figure in all the right places. It's such an effortlessly chic item and I'm so glad I spotted it. I wore it to go and see Jersey Boys last month and so many people stopped me asking me where it was from. I'm absolutely in love with it and the temptation to wear it with everything is so real. 
Last week, I went for brunch with my lovely friend Emma (who kindly took these photos). It was absolutely freezing so, along with my skirt, I wore some thick, woolly tights, a black polo neck and my black jacket. I also wore my little black backpack, which featured in my previous post, adding a cute twist to the outfit. The orange added a nice pop of colour to what would have been an incredibly gloomy outfit, which is the thing I love the most. I think it's so fun to give old styles a modern twist, and I'm loving seeing all the sixties inspired outfits on the high street at the moment. 

Although I've only worn the skirt casually, it could be jazzed up with a nice pair of heels and a black off-shoulder top for a date night, a night out or a dinner with the girls. All I do know is that I feel incredibly pretty and elegant when I wear it. There's no better feeling than wearing clothes that make you feel good about yourself and I think that's such an important thing to remember. As long as you feel comfortable and happy in what you're wearing then it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. 

I'm absolutely loving this look at the moment.
Here's what I'm wearing: 


If you could bring back any fashion trend from the past, what would it be?

Lots of Love,
Meg
xxx
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6 February 2018

The Little Black Backpack

The backpack is a trend that never seems to fade. We're all walking around with cute little bags strapped to our backs and I absolutely love it. I'll admit, I didn't get the trend at first but when I received my Zoella travel backpack a few years ago, I've never looked back. 

Recently, I've been on the lookout for a plain, black backpack that I can use when I'm out and about - whether that be a shopping day with the mother or an afternoon brunch with my friends. I needed something that looked stylish and cute but that was also affordable. You won't believe me, but finding the perfect backpack proved to be harder than I thought - they were either too big, too small or too expensive. I was convinced that the perfect backpack didn't exist.

Then I went into New Look. 


I love shopping in New Look and if you raid my wardrobe, you'll discover that the majority of my clothes are from there. However, I don't know about you, but I never seem to browse New Look's  bag department - I mean, where has this been all my life? I actually went into my local store looking for a coat, and came out with the backpack of my dreams instead. 

New Look have a wide selection of bags for every occasion and I know it's going to be the first place I look when I need a new bag to add to my collection.  I was amazed to find a variety of backpacks, in every colour and size imaginable. I really was spoilt for choice. After much deliberation, I chose this beautiful black Whipstitch Tassel Mini Backpack for £22.

(Photos: Emma)

The reason I opted for a smaller backpack is because I think that the others can just be too big. Who needs that much room in a bag? Don't get me wrong, I love my Zoella backpack but this little purchase is quickly becoming my favourite. The tassel detail adds a cute, chic look to any outfit and if you're using it in the summer (which I definitely will be), it'll give you all the bohemian vibes. They also sell the bag in brown, so if you want to add a pop of colour to your outfit then that's the one for you. 

With a small zip compartment, it's the perfect size to fit my pink River Island purse, along with my make-up bag, a hairbrush and my phone. Oh, and not forgetting my house keys (which I normally do). It looks cute and classy for a day out with the family, or a trip to the theatre, something I've been doing a lot lately, and I think black is a safe colour for every season. It's got buttons at the side so that you can make the bag smaller and a small button at the front to close. 

It may not be the perfect bag for a day in the office, but this is quickly becoming my go-to bag for every occasion. Soon, you're going to be fed up of seeing it in outfit posts. I'll be taking it on holiday, to Uni and to work - just adding it to an outfit can dress you up or dress you down (depending on the look you're going for, obviously). 

If you're looking for a new little black backpack, which I think is a must-have in every wardrobe, or if you're just looking for a new bag in general then I highly recommend popping into your nearest New Look or having a browse online

What's your go-to bag? 

Lots of Love,
Meg
xxx



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