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Thursday, 20 November 2014

I CUT MY HAIR OFF!!

a blog post featuring my new hair do. Taking it from long to short!
a blog post of my new hairtstyle. Taking my long hair to short hair in one chop
a blog post of my new hairtstyle. Taking my long hair to short hair in one chop.
Necklace: Muru Jewellery. Jumper: Urban Outfitters. Lipstick: Barry M

I thought it was time for a change around here.

What a cliché I am – going through a difficult period in my life and suddenly, I’m on my drive home from work realising that I have my 6 weekly appointment to get my red roots touched up and I think to myself ‘shall I just cut it off?’ – everyone likes to reinvent themselves when they feel a bit lost, don’t they? So I guess I’m no exception to the rule. I’d just never even considered going short again, but it popped in to my mind and I took to Twitter to ask your advice, the resounding outcome was GO FOR IT! (apart from my mum, who made it very clear that I would 100% regret it, love you).

I gave it all of 12 hours thought and then there I was, telling Amy my hairdresser to go ahead and get rid. She took my ponytail and chopped it off in one chunk, holding it in my hands I was surprised that I didn’t really feel, well, anything really.

I thought I’d be sweating, have a little adrenaline at the very least but I was like ‘hey, there’s my hair, in my hand – okay then’.

I guess I was just ready for it.

The last time I had short hair, I was 11 and for some reason I thought blonde with red highlights (yes you heard right) would be a flattering look – FYI it wasn’t.

I basically wanted it in the style of Emma Stone, because: goddess. So the style itself is a blunt, long bob with a tiny graduation from the back to front. I wanted to keep it that little bit longer because I rarely wear my hair straight, so I knew with having it styled curly it would lift it up that extra inch. Plus, taking it too short on my first cut was just that bit too daring for me – maybe next time!

So here we are: 8 inches shorter and I'm feeling considerably lighter.

I’m so glad I took the leap and it turns out impromptu decisions can work out, sometimes.

Here's to the new me.

What do you think?!

Monday, 3 November 2014

Learning to be Alone

A blog post on learning to be alone and how that doesn't necessarily mean you're lonely.
A blog post on learning to be alone and how that doesn't necessarily mean you're lonely.
A blog post on learning to be alone and how that doesn't necessarily mean you're lonely.
Dress: Sugarhill Boutique. Belt: Vintage. Hat: Urban Outfitters. Necklace: Azuni
Sometimes, now more often than not, I like to be alone.

There's an unspoken fear for a lot of us, that being alone means we are lonely. And just lately I am learning that perhaps that's not really the case. In fact, it definitely isn't. 

Learning to be alone and being truly okay with it is no easy feat - actually? It's a big fucking achievement.

My good friend Laura has taught me a lot, but one thing she said recently resonated with me.

"Megan, you already know how to do this. You're just looking for permission from others to do it".

Why do we seek permission?

For every idea, every fear, every choice, I look to others for the right to proceed, to go forth with what I think is right. Because if others think it's the right thing to do then it must be, mustn't it?

I've realised that actually, maybe, I should spend that time listening to myself.

The past two months have involved me filling every waking hour with something to do, socialising my butt off. I haven't wanted to be alone in my own company for fear that I wouldn't be able to cope with what that involved. Because that's what everyone tells you to do, isn't it? Keep busy.

We're all guilty - of seeking out others for comfort, for purpose. Everyone seems to think that in order to be successful in life we need a partner to succeed. Another half to complete the puzzle. And who can blame us? That's what everyone does, of course we want a slice of the pie!

No-one said it was easy: to go home and know there's no-one there to share your day with, to sleep alone, to be surrounded by silence. Which is probably why so many of us avoid it.
But I'm realising that I am capable. Why should it be a bad thing? To make time for the people we care about, but ultimately? Focus on number one.

Being alone doesn't mean we are lonely, it means we're making the most of the time we have, to be the best version of ourselves. Is it scary? Yes. But sometimes facing the darkness, fearlessly, can be the best gift we can give to ourselves. 

Because if we can be satisfied in our own company, we'll exceed others expectations, without even trying.

No-one is alone for always, but perhaps whilst we are, we can make the most of what we have the potential to be.

Photography by Alexandra Cameron.
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Friday, 31 October 2014

The Perfect Body | Women vs. Women

Victoria's Secret are under fire today, for their rather bold 'Perfect Body' campaign...
A blog post on Meghan Trainor and Victoria's secret, equally shaming women of different sizes with their latest hit and campaign.

And quite rightly so.
Their new range of lingerie claims to encapsulate everything that a perfect piece of underwear should - but their message? Is completely muddied by their incredibly insensitive advertising. The models, each one barely a size 6 hints that in order to have the perfect lingerie, you'll require the perfect body, too.

Intentional? Who am I to say. Damaging? Completely.

On the flip side we have Meghan Trainor - a brand spanking new artist with her latest hit 'All about that bass'.
Now, whilst I think it's fabulous to have a woman speak out and say 'HEY! It doesn't matter what size we are, we're all lovely' Meghan is also giving a pretty shallow-minded perspective on women's weight.
With lyrics such as 'I'm bringing booty back, go ahead and tell them skinny bitches that' - insinuating that if you're skinny, you're not as attractive. Well, it's not exactly the cheerleader approach we should be taking for each other, is it?

With mixed messages like these what exactly are we meant to do? If you're above a size 14? Not acceptable. If you're under a size 14? Not acceptable. And we only have ourselves to blame. We spend our lives whittling and moaning about how there is so much pressure on us as women to have the perfect body. Yet we are directly behind both extremes.

Both messages are unhealthy. They promote low self-esteem and body-image issues in equal measure. Perhaps we could just stop shaming each other? Accept that we are all different, whatever our size it shouldn't matter.

What makes me sad though? That Victoria's Secret will more than likely have to remove this advert (which I completely agree with). Meghan Trainor? She'll continue to hold on to her number one spot she's had for weeks on end, why? Because we've purchased the record and supported it. Just like we've brought that underwear.

If you're 'skinny' it doesn't mean you're perfect.

But don't think that 'bringing booty back' is an excuse to shame women who aren't.

We should all be in this, together. 
A blog post on Meghan Trainor and Victoria's secret, equally shaming women of different sizes with their latest hit and campaign.
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Thursday, 30 October 2014

REVIEW: Antipodes Mineral Foundation

A beauty review of Antipodes Mineral Foundation featuring their Translucent Finishing Powder and Kabuki Brush
A beauty review of Antipodes Mineral Foundation featuring their Translucent Finishing Powder and Kabuki Brush
A beauty review of Antipodes Mineral Foundation featuring their Translucent Finishing Powder and Kabuki Brush
A beauty review of Antipodes Mineral Foundation featuring their Translucent Finishing Powder and Kabuki Brush
It ain't no secret that Antipodes and I go way back - they're one of the only beauty brands I have formed a full on love affair with and there's no splitting us up, fellas.

When I heard that they were launching a makeup range I pretty much wet myself with excitement. If their foundations were going to be anything like their face masks I knew we were in for a good time.

So let's get down to it.

There's a bad vibe surrounding mineral foundations. Statements kicking about consist of: 'It'll cling to my dry patches', 'It's too cakey'', 'It won't make my skin glow' etc. etc. Admittedly I'd been kicking it in the same judgemental boat, until now.

As an extension from their skincare, Antipodes have had their makeup dermatologically tested so that it's suitable for sensitive skin – hallelujah! Containing Vinanza Performance Plus® (an antioxidant extract from grapes and the skin of a kiwi) – it helps to achieve a great coverage whilst keeping the skin hydrated with a flawless and dewy appearance. Never before have I known a foundation, mineral or liquid that works it’s magic on oily, blemish-prone and sensitive/dry skin, but that's exactly what this promises.

Going hand in hand, the sister to the foundation is the translucent finishing powder – it’s purpose? To help keep your makeup in place for longer and minimise any excess shine. It’s the best I’ve ever used and whilst being matifying still manages to let the foundation shine through with it’s dewy glow…definitely magic.

Now let’s have a chat about the Kabuki Brush. It’s made up of natural hair, which if I’m honest did put me off a little, however it’s by far exceeds the quality of any other synthetic brush I’ve ever used. The natural hairs don’t pick up excess product, so you’re guaranteed to get the perfect application every time and won’t be wasting any makeup.

There are currently 4 shades of the foundation available which isn’t the largest range of the bunch, but you’d be amazed at how many different skin tones suit the same shade. I’ve been wearing light-yellow but I also have the pale pink which works well with my skin, too.

This foundation hasn’t left my face (apart from bed-time, obviously) since summer; I just can’t get enough. It’s that no makeup, makeup experience that every girl craves and Antipodes haven’t faltered at any hurdle. The earth minerals help calm and reduce blemished skin and there isn't a pore in sight.  I am seriously impressed. 100% my favourite mineral foundation, ever.

Kudos to you, Antipodes.

Available in countries all over the world:

Mineral Foundation – RRP: £23.45
Kabuki Brush: RRP: £19.50
Translucent Finishing Powder – RRP: £23.45

Also available from Feel Unique, here.
A beauty review of Antipodes Mineral Foundation featuring their Translucent Finishing Powder and Kabuki Brush
(un-edited photo to show full results of the makeup)
What do you think? Will you be the next mineral foundation convert?


Thursday, 23 October 2014

The Shift Dress

A personal style blog post wearing a classic shift dress, statement watch from Olivia burton and loafers from Clarks shoes with faux pony hair and leather.
A personal style blog post wearing a classic shift dress, statement watch from Olivia burton and loafers from Clarks shoes with faux pony hair and leather.
A personal style blog post wearing a classic shift dress, statement watch from Olivia burton and loafers from Clarks shoes with faux pony hair and leather.
A personal style blog post wearing a classic shift dress, statement watch from Olivia burton and loafers from Clarks shoes with faux pony hair and leather.
Dress: She Inside. Shoes: Clarks via Shoetique. Watch: Olivia Burton via The Watch Hut.

Shift dresses: my ultimate wardrobe staple. They’re the perfect piece for those days you can’t be bothered to put too much effort in – you throw them on and BOOM, outfit done. I love the navy shade of this one and the deep v-neck gives it a little more interest – plus for under £20 you can’t really go wrong. Not to mention that it’s such a transitional piece; it will go perfectly with thick coloured/black tights or layered up with jackets and coast come winter, which makes it a must have this A/W.

Now, these shoes. Can we just take a second to soak up all the beauty.

They are quite possibly the best little leather shoes in my collection – but with a patent buckle and faux pony hair to the main body they’re certainly not your average. I love them for a slightly quirkier work shoe, or simply just for evenings out on the town (I’m old now ladies, heels aren’t always an option!). Clarks have certainly upped their game recently, I’d 100% recommend stopping by their site before you make your next winter boot purchase!

What's your winter staple?

Photography by Alexandra Cameron.
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Monday, 20 October 2014

A Thank You to Alexandra Cameron | Body Confidence & Getting Naked

Do you remember when I wrote about getting naked on my 25th birthday in order to kick my body confidence issues out the door? (get with the times here)

Well since then my whole life's flipped upside down. It sparked a fire in my belly. A hunger inside me. To take ownership for who I am, what I've got to give. At the end of the day, it's all me, on my own, fighting fires and rising from the flames.

Alex took my photo's that day and since then I've found a friend - a really, really good friend. She's pushed me forward in life, be-it taking kick-ass photo's for my outfit posts, road trips with sad music, watching films and eating cake or pushing me toward my next challenge - she's been a rock. She believes...in me. And I'll be forever grateful for all that she's done and continues to do. The Universe pushed us together at a time where we were both searching for something more. So thanks for that, world.

A few weekends ago, I was headed down to Cambridge to help Alex out with a shoot. She's been working on a GIANT series, which you can see here and I couldn't wait to get stuck in on set. Turns out her model was a no-show and Alex looked to me, with those bloody puppy dog eyes and asked if I'd do it instead.
I know I pose for my outfit photos on a weekly basis - but it's not the same as modelling. I was scared and nervous but I didn't want to ruin Alex's day, all the hard work she, her boyfriend, his friends and Claire (an incredible florist) had put in. So I said yes, reluctantly.

It was one of the most incredible afternoons - filled with sunshine and laughter, effort and sweaty bodies. It was amazing to stand back and realise how much all these people cared for Alex, how much they wanted to make it work for her. Her boyfriend Will had built her a 7ft swing, Matthew and Ed (his best friends) helped him put it up high in the trees and Claire, created an incredible floral crown and flower arrangements to climb up the swings ropes. It was totally magical.

Here are the final images...
A blog post on Body Confidence. How to conquer your fears surrounding it with Alexandra Cameron Photography
A blog post on Body Confidence. How to conquer your fears surrounding it with Alexandra Cameron Photography
...I know, she's a true artist.

When we'd finished Alex asked, with a muffled voice and squinting cautious eyes if I'd consider getting naked for a shot or two as well. I think I shocked her and I both by blurting out 'YES! Of course I will!'

To some, getting naked and sharing it on the internet might come across as attention seeking. For me, us, it's about showing the world that we're not afraid of our imperfections. In fact we're going to celebrate the shit out of them. I realised then, at that moment, just how far I've come since July 3rd 2014 when I got naked in-front of another woman for the first time. In the here and now, I didn't care. I felt comfortable, confident even and do you know what? There's no shame in that.
A blog post on Body Confidence. How to conquer your fears surrounding it with Alexandra Cameron Photography
A blog post on Body Confidence. How to conquer your fears surrounding it with Alexandra Cameron Photography
Alex is a wonderful human with an incredible power. She takes magical photographs, that inspire and provoke thoughts, conversations - what a talent to behold. But not only that, she's given women - me, Laura, all the ladies that shot with her off the back of our shoots a one way ticket to true body confidence.

Loving the skin we're in. It's a journey worth taking. A battle worth fighting.

And it's not just about the images at the end, it's about the journey you go on. And there's no photographer in this world that can take away from how special it is completing that experience with Alex.

I know so many of you out there are dabbling with the idea and aren't sure if you're brave enough. Let me tell you that you are. Because if I and all these other amazing women can, so can you.

Shoots with Alex start from less than £100, and boy is worth spending that dollar with her instead of on those new shoes you're eyeing up.

Click here for her contact details. Because then? You're one step closer to a happier you. And what more could you ask for?

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