Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Loving Where You Live


This is a bit of an odd post for me, as the topic is something I've only really come to think about in the last year, mostly as I haven't been able to do it. What I'm talking about is realising how great the place where you live is, and realising that although you may not have everything you wanted, it has a lot of things that you will probably miss when you're gone.

For me, I'm from Cornwall, and I get told a lot that it must be wonderful to live there, that it's so beautiful etc etc. However, Cornwall has a lot of flaws. Personally for me, there were no gigs, little shops, there isn't that much of a youth culture of things to do and if you do want to do anything you're gonna have to travel quite a way to do it. Before I could drive this was a massive problem, and involved a lot of public transport/asking parents for lift, but in the last year it's become a lot easier. If I want to go proper shopping, the biggest place is probably Bristol which is so far away I've only done it once, and even then it wasn't for the shopping first (it was actually for a gig hah).

Basically what I'm trying to say is, for a lot of my earlier teenage years I felt like where I lived isolated me from doing a lot of things, and I was extremely lucky to have parents that took me to gigs all over the country and drove me places and all that malarky. However, when I moved away for a large part of a year to live in London, somewhere the near opposite of Cornwall, I definitely started to appreciate it a lot more.

I realised I missed Cornwall so much more than I realised that I would. I missed being able to see the sea from my college, I missed the fresh air and the nice drinking water (bleh London water). I missed the quiet of my bedroom and seeing the countryside everywhere and god damn it I even missed getting angry at clueless drivers in the lanes around my village. I'm not trying to say I didn't enjoy my move, in fact I completely loved my opportunity to go to London and I'm so excited to go back and move in with my friends. I definitely think moving has opened my eyes to how beautiful Cornwall is, and I definitely appreciate it more.

Moral of blog post: Explore and try new things, and you'll probably appreciate what you have a lot more!

These photos were all shot at a local woods on my way to work, a place I'd never really thought about how beautiful it was until recently, so I thought the pictures were quite relevant. Also a shot of me running and attempting to be healthy as an extra bonus!

Thanks for reading my silly ramblings, I hope it made sense to someone.
Megan x

Monday, 27 July 2015

Mac - Smoked Purple

My gosh please excuse the state of my room in these photos (and my stupid face) but let's all focus on this gorge lip colour that I picked up the other week before I went to Glastonbury. I really really love darker colours, as I think it contrasts nicely with my light hair and works well with my post-emo wardrobe colours (aka black). I also love me some matte lipsticks, so Smoked Purple immediately drew my eye, sitting there in the Mac store.

The only other Mac lipstick I owned previously is Diva, which I love with all my heart and is definitely my current favourite lipstick of life. I found that Diva was long lasting, applied well and was just a dream. Smoked Purple, while being the same finish as Diva, is not quite as wonderful. The application is a bit harder, I find the first couple of strokes you make with it kinda pull on the lips and it's very dry, and the colour takes a few applications, but once it's on, it is so worth it as the colour is so stunning.

mmmm sexy nose close up
Anyway, as you can see there are a lot of different tones in Smoked Purple, there's some blue within the purple and I personally think that it makes it really three dimensional and so gorgeous when you look at it closely. I think it's dark without being too dark, and it doesn't attract too much attention so I think it doesn't even have to be the main focus of your make up, so could be paired with some lovely smokey eyes. 
I'd definitely recommend this lippie, it's bold and dramatic but not too outrageous. Perfect for nights out and I loved it for wearing at Glastonbury, as it made my rather normal cateye liner a little more interesting. 

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Monday, 20 July 2015

White Horses


Alright, let's jump back in with some outfit posts, and a return to some normal blogging instead of all my travel frenzy catch up of June. It all seems a bit hectic but really it just seems like I've just lay around like a slug for ages. So attractive xo
Anyway, these photos were taken a few days after my return from Glastonbury, and Luke and I took a trip to a beach on the north coast despite the rather miserable weather. It cleared up a bit by the end, but despite this it was so beautiful, and I'd missed being by the sea so much that I spent a good 30 minutes splashing around in the shallows. Yes, it was awesome.

Some of these photos are quite clearly not that flattering, but I had no make up on and had no intention of taking photos at all on the day but decided I quite liked the outfit and the scenery was just too good to waste.

Dress - Motel
Jacket - Missguided
Bag - Topshop 
Sandels - Schuch (very old)
Necklace - Clair's

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Friday, 17 July 2015

Volunteering at Glastonbury 2015 with Oxfam


Eep this is such an exciting post for me as I'm looking back over the photos that my lovely pal Sam took with his fancy camera and they're all so lovely, even if we nearly lost him several times as he stopped to take them! This was my first ever Glastonbury, and as I'm poor and would never have the luck to get actual tickets, we (Me, Molly and Sam) decided to jump on the volunteering wagon, and as you can hopefully tell from the photos, we had an absolutely amazing time.

We arrived on the Tuesday, which meant we had a whole day before the site fully opened to explore it to ourselves, hence why so many of the photos show such brilliantly green grass and no sprawling masses of tents. We also got access to the crew bars which made me feel a bit of a VIP I'm not going to lie. We also had our own specific camping area, that was a bit of a way out, was really nice, with showers and nice(ish) toilets. Also charging ports and free tea and coffee. So good.

Look at how much sun we got on the first few days!!! Unfortunately this didn't last but that is besides the point, it was lovely anyway. Although we worked our three eight hour shifts, and therefore missed a lot of music (including Florence so sad) we did manage to see Kanye, which was obviously amazing. Other highlights for me included Everything Everything, Coasts, Years & Years, Jungle, Pharell and running around past midnight in the late night arenas such as Shangri-La and Block 9.

Jacket: Missguided
Vest: Bitching and Junkfood

It was overall such a fantastic experience and you just meet so many lovely people on shift with such a positive atmosphere everywhere in the Oxfam campsite too. Glastonbury itself is phenomenal, and far and away the best festival I think I've ever attended (soz Reading). I definitely want to go back, wether it be volunteering or not. So, who's up for #Glasto2k16??

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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Missguided Sale Picks - Summer 2015

Oh man, this Missguided sale is so good I'm really upset that I have no money until next week (curse you monthly pay). Alas, I can still stare dreamily at the beautiful clothes that are out of my reach, and of course, so I can share my picks with everyone else.

Jersey Lace Up Skater Dress (love this girl's whole look)

The whole of the Activewear section was on a massive sale as I write this, so it's definitely worth a look as I've heard a lot about how good it is, and who doesn't love some gym clothes that make you feel amazing? I definitely seem to have gone for a full on summer, floaty feel, which is odd as I'm not really feeling all that summery, probably due to the weather being awful. Curse you British weather.
I'm loving the suede look clothes that are everywhere, the texture is amazing and makes some really interesting contrasts.
Hope you like my picks from the sale, do you have any?

Monday, 13 July 2015

Everything Else From Dublin

As I didn't really have enough photos from any other particular place on my camera, I decided to just whack it all in to this mega post for all of your enjoyment. This also concludes the last post that I'll write about Dublin, but I hope you've enjoyed my little posts about my travels as much as I enjoyed sharing my experience with you.
I absolutely loved my time in Dublin, and it was such a spontaneous decision to go which I am so thankful for the chance that I got and I hope being so close to the airports of London means more chances like this! I learnt so much about the history of Ireland which I'd never really thought about, and yeah, basically I just had a really good time. Here's some more photos!

From our brief trip into the beautiful Botanic Gardens

From inside our hostel

Lovely painted house on the river

View from our tour bus over the River Liffey

Inside Kilmainham Gaol

O'Connell Tower in Glasnevin Cemetary

Trinity College

View through a broken window at Christchurch Cathedral

The Spire of Dublin on O'Connell Street

The statue of O'Connell (with added seagull)

I hope you enjoyed all my photos, I would thoroughly recommend visiting all of the places that I managed to get to in my frantic few days as they were all beautiful places with so much history behind them all.
Thanks for reading,

Friday, 10 July 2015

Dublin Zoo

This post is 1000% just a post for me to show off some really cool photos I was able to take on Iszy and I's last day in Dublin, in which we visited the gorgeous zoo that is situated within Phoenix Park. It's a lovely place, and is surprisingly large for an inner city zoo, and the range of animals and the vastness of the habitats was a pleasant surprise for me too. They had a really large African savannah area, and all the other habitats were reasonably large and all the animals seemed quite happy. Although most were dozing in the heat when we were visiting, but anyway, thought I'd share some photos that I also took with my new camera. I'm really quite proud how some of these turned out, especially as I was determined to take all my photos on the manual settings to work on getting better grips on working my camera. I hope you enjoy!

There was also a snow leopard (!!!!!!!) and wolves (!!!!!) but both were asleep and I couldn't get a good enough photo of them which was very sad. I hope you enjoyed my collection of photos!


Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Guinness Store House - Dublin

Quite a few weeks ago now my good friend Iszy and I jetted off on a superbly cheap trip to Dublin on just a week and a bit notice. Obviously we had an amazing time, so I felt it was round about time I got off my butt and started typing up what we did during our time there. First up, but what we actually did on our 3rd day in the city, was visiting the Guinness store house! It's truly inescapable, you can't go anywhere without it being in your line of sight and signs for Guinness are everywhere. It's one of the largest breweries in the world, smack bang in the middle of Dublin, and it's definitely worth the trip as the visitor centre is quite a spectacle in itself (and you get a Guinness at the end!)

The museum is set across several floors, that takes you through the whole journey of Guinness, right up to all the advertising that Guinness is well known for. Everything is lovingly presented with lots of homages to Arthur Guinness himself and what makes Guinness so special. I'm not even that much of a fan of the drink but I was still drawn in by all the displays and really enjoyed the 2 hours or so it took us to travel through the whole thing. To top it all off you get a lovely well presented Guinness in the top floor of the building, which allows a beautiful near panoramic view of Dublin, which is well worth the trip in itself!

And oh look, here is a pic of me posing with my lovely drink of Guinness at the top of the building I was speaking of. Look at that view! I spent so many photos trying to get the focus on my camera to play game but eventually gave up and settled for this. Apologies for the near creepy smile.
Stay tuned for some more posts from Dublin in the next few days!

Playsuit: ASOS (told you I'd wear it a lot)
Shoes: Nikes
Bag: My trusty Topshop one

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