Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Pointless Post.

So this is one of those annoying posts that talk about what I am going to post, but I am not posting it right now sort of thing?
In all honesty it is just a reminder to myself to get around to posting about tomorrows event!
The Olympic torch is coming to my city!! YAY!!
It's crazy that this is probably the only time I will get to see it, in the flesh you could say, in my life time! To me that is crazy.
I am super excited that we have been allowed time off school,college etc in order to watch it either come in tomorrow evening or leave Friday morning.
So apart from this blog post to say that this isn't a proper post but that there will be one, I thought I would post a quote that grabbed my attention today.
Well its kind of two quotes but one of them I cannot find the author so...

"The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the economy, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny" -Albert Ellis.

"To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are" -Unknown Author

Megan x

Sunday, 24 June 2012

4 beautiful years.

So I was going to make this post last Sunday when it was actually my twin cousins birthday but I was kind of busy with college and driving stuff this week that I just really didn't have the time. 

 On the 17th June 2008 our family was blessed with 2 beautiful babies, Little Thomas and Little Isabelle!
My auntie  (my mothers sister) has always been close to me so I consider her children as almost my extended siblings. Her first Daughter Hannah is 8 years old and I have always been close to her ever since she was born. She is like a little sister to me. So when we found out that my Auntie and Uncle, who had problems conceiving since their first Hannah who was an IVF baby, we were over the moon! My auntie and uncle were almost at the end of trying to have a second child as IVF is expensive and it seemed as if it just wasn't going to happen. When they were on their last round of IVF they fell pregnant, it was the most amazing thing ever! To top it off we all joked around saying well it could be twins, not thinking that it would actually happen. Yet it DID! Now I don't know how many people have twins or any other type of multiples in their family but it is such an exciting time when a family member or indeed yourself if expecting twins (triplets, quads etc)! So long story cut short my auntie had a boy and a girl in the summer of 2008 and they have continued to bless our lives since then.
I have loved watching them grow up over these past 4 years and time seems to have flown by. They both have such crazy personalities and are one in a million, or should I say two in a million! They have developed and learnt so many new things in these past 4 years and it amazes me every time I see them how much they have grown. I will always consider the twins and Hannah as my extended siblings and I feel so blessed to have such a beautiful and loving family. 
Time really does fly and the saying that it feels like they only came into our lives yesterday is so true as every time I see them I am amazed at how grown up they seem. 
I cannot wait to tell them stories of when they were younger and the funny things they used to do like covering the house in soil from the plant pot when Mummy wasn't watching. But for now I want to cherish every moment I have with my beautiful little cousins, to watch them grow, to watch them play and to let them know how lucky they are and how lucky we are to have such a loving family like we do.
My family means everything to me.

Its crazy how small they used to be!

My 3 extended siblings!

This picture makes me crack up every time!

Its crazy how much they have grown.

This is why I love her!

The best bunch of kids I have ever known. I may be a bit bias ;)

Love <3
I don't care how poor a man is; if he has family, he's rich.  ~Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford

Megan x

Monday, 18 June 2012

Reminding Myself.

Sometimes I feel like I get wrapped up in the congestion filled world of everyday life. Of money, work, fears, looking towards what could be better in my life, what I want to change, what I wish I had, what I wish I didn't. Sometimes we forget the real beauty in life. Life is really beautiful.
I think it takes a few moments to just stop, to forget that you need to complete that piece of coursework or review. To stop thinking about the what ifs and buts, to actually look around and see how beautiful it all can be.
At the moment I feel swamped with the what ifs of grades to get into uni. The what if my personal statement isn't good enough, what if they don't like me. The truth is that life is full of what ifs, yet this should not impede or stop us to be able to see the real beauty that life hold.
I know this may sound cliche or cheesy but sometimes it takes a minute alone to look around, to think, that maybe not all this stress is necessary and that the what ifs are just part of the ride.
I feel like many people ignore the world around them, the life that is around us, how beautiful and rich it can be.
On my trip to Canada last year I experienced the most uplifting and magical experience of my life.
It was life itself.
Our endless car journeys from place to place across British Colombia were filled with a constant awe at how beautiful the surroundings were. I plugged in my music, I shut the world in, not out. For those 2 weeks I didn't worry about the future, the stresses of education or not living up to the expectations of others. It seemed to transport it away.
I know that some of you may read this and think what the hell is she on about. But for me that experience was amazing and I will never forget it (one of the reasons I want to move to Canada)

 I know that wherever I go, what ever I end up doing, as long as I am happy and remember the beauty that life holds, then that is all that I will ever need.
It's easy to let days fly by without taking notice of the world around you. Drink in the richness of the world that exists beyond the obvious. Marvel each and everyday at the magnificence of life.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” 
― Albert Einstein

Megan x 

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

20 pence short.

 Earlier on this week I got told about/read about an awful crime that took place in my hometown. It apparently happened back near Christmas on one of the coldest nights of the year.
  A young 22 year old girl was out with friends and went to catch the last bus home. As she got on the bus and was 20p short of the bus fair, she was refused by the bus driver to be allowed on. Only 20p short, a young girl at 3 in the morning was kicked off a bus and left alone and no one on that bus stepped forwards to help her. After she was refused entry onto the bus she rang her mother to pick her up but on waiting she was brutally raped an beaten up by a 19 year old boy. It is reported that she was so badly beaten up that her mother was unable to identify her face at the scene!
It absolutely disgusts me that because of a stubborn bus driving being tight over 20p short of a bus fair and NO ONE on that bus stepping in to help, a young girl was raped.
 It would have been so simple to stop it. What makes it even more upsetting is that the girl said she would go to the cash machine to make up for the money or that her mother would wait at the bus stop at her destination to give him the measly 20p extra for the bus fare when she got off. This still wasn't cold hearted bus driver. How outrageous is it that, that bus driver could leave a young girl alone at 3 in the morning, vulnerable with no money to get a taxi or anyway to reach safety without the risk of something happening to her!  What would you do if you saw a young woman beg for the driver of a night bus to let her on because she was 20p short of her £5 fare?!
If it wasn't for her worried mother who combed the streets looking for her, the young girl would have died.

 It upsets me at how hard skinned we have all becomes these days. Yes we are all guilty at some point of walking past a young child begging at a train station or ignoring someone in need of help. However, what if that girl was your daughter, your sister or friend. What if that girl was you?
Firstly that bus driver could have prevented a seriously violent rape on an innocent girl, yet the fact that not one person on that full night bus even stepped in to help or offer that extra 20p is disgusting!
The animal that attacked and raped her is now awaiting his sentence, but I believe that it is the bus driver and the passengers on board who turned their back on a young girl in need, deserve to serve a life sentence of guilt.

Megan x 

Monday, 11 June 2012

Summer Stylin!

 Now I am no style expert or claim to be so, but I thought I would share my thoughts for summer must haves this year. I am only expressing my own views and opinions on fashion/clothing that is around this summer. everyone has their own style and opinions on different things and this is just my take on that. Non of the pictures below are mine and I do not take credit for them. This is just simply my ideas on what is rockin for this summer!

One of my most favorite summer staples at the moment is definitely the Maxi dress and skirt. I think it is such a feminine and beautiful way to wear a skirt. It is surprisingly cooling on hot days and allows anyone who feels conscious of their legs to feel like they can wear other types of skirt rather than just knee length. It is also a fantastic versatile piece of clothing that can be used in both casual and smart situations, by adding just a pair of heels or a snazzy top! I really feel that EVERYONE needs to own at least one maxi skirt or dress, because once you've got one, you wont be able to stop! My number one favorite summer must have!

I think that this blue fade skirt is so beautiful an is instantly an outfit all by itself!

I have a thing for pink skirts and I think I have way more than I need! Oh well ay ;)

The maxi dress doesn't just have to be one color. There are tonnes of maxi dresses that look like a two piece.

I also think that everyone needs a red maxi-skirt. 

If you like to show of your legs but still like the look of the maxi skirts/dresses, or want to mix it up a bit I think that another summer must have are the skirts with the high low hem. I think some people call the Asymmetric, but whatever they are called I think that they are soooo pretty and adorably girly/feminine! You can get ones that are quite long at the front or ones that are almost like miniskirts at the front and floor length at the back. I think both are great but work differently on different figures/styles ect.

This is not technically a high low hem dress but I thought it fit in to this category well enough, and it was too stunning to miss out!

They look great when showing off a pair of heels!

I also love the ones that are pleated, as the extra texture give a completely different look.

There's also sheer ones, if you are brave enough?

A type of color block that is in again this year that I absolutely adore is pastels and browns/whites/creams. I think they are great if your style is quite girly but even pops of pastel or a cream top make an outfit seem much more elegant and summery! 

This beautiful one piece swimsuit is amazingly flattering as the black waist band gives the illusion of an even smaller waist!

The baby blue top and pastel polka dot skirt is so preppy and great for girly girls.

Tying in beige shoes with a beige top is always so pretty.

I love love loveee the mint pastel this season and it is a super feminine color. I think it is also such a versatile color as it seems to suit absolutely anyone!

Pastel blazers are also one of my favs.

Having a light weigh cardigan or jacket is so useful in summer, especially when the evenings are too chilly to not wear one but too warm to put on a big woolly cardigan. 

Cut out backs are always so pretty and are oh so summery. Your back is the place where you usually carry the least weight, so why not show it off?!

Soft cream ruching at the chest of a dress is very flattering if you want to add more to your chest  and adding a simple belt will accentuate the waist.

Wedges are a must have for summer!

Everyone loves perfectly painted nails right?

Soft pink lipstick is great when pairing with pastel colors. It is not too striking yet draws just the right attention to your face and lips.

A girl can't have too many shoes.

Beige or cream shoes are great as they go with absolutely anything!

Pretty basic sandals. 

If you are not a fan of the mega mega high heels then going for a small kitten heel will dress up and outfit and flatter your legs without too much height.

Following on from the pastel colors, I also think the occasional layer of color in an outfit is a very vibrant way to jazz up an outfit on holiday. I particularly love adding yellow to outfits this summer even though I am not usually a big fan of yellow. I just think it is really fun and flirty! Additionally if you are really brave, wearing a whole outfit made up of vibrant colors, possibly making attractive clashes of color. This can either go extremely well or terribly bad! If you are brave enough, go for it ;)

I love the mustard yellow color in at the moment! Goes so well with brown.

I think that the cut out tops at the moment are so pretty! They add something extra to an otherwise normal top.

I love this contrast of colors!

Even just adding a colorful piece of jewellery or watch can bring out the personality in an outfit.

I absolutely love TOMS! They are so handy to have and go with pretty much any outfit!

If you are extra brave, why not try adding the color into your hair? Dip dying has become so popular recently and when done well I think it can look so amazing!

Black is as chic as it has ever been, including the timeless little black dress, or teaming a patterned top with a staple black skirt. Everybody needs a Little Black Dress in their wardrobe ;) I swear by it being the most versatile item of clothing to have.

The prefect strappy little black dress with beige heels.

Who said black and brown don't go? I love the addition of a brown belt to make a standard black dress even nicer.

Leopard print top with a chiffon black skirt? Yes please!
Black shoes are a must have!
An item of clothing that I feel is perfect and essential for summer, especially for trips away is a good old pair of short. Not everyone can feel comfortable wearing them, and I for one am no fan of my legs...BUT if you can find a pair that really flatter your pins then they are a really useful base to create an amazingly summery outfit. There are so many types of shorts and you don't have to get the shortest of the short just because that's what everyone seems to be obsessing about lately. To be truthful I really don't see the appeal of walking around in shorts that show off my but cheeks! My favorite type of shorts are defiantly the callot type that almost look like a skirt. They are uber girly and so flattering if you don't have the slimmest of legs like me!
So many types.

You can probably buy these in lots of shops at the moment but why not save a pair of old shorts ? All it takes is poping down to your local market or craft store, picking up some lace and either sewing it on wherever you want it or use fabric glue. Cheap and easy!

I love tailored shorts atm!

Such pretty detail.

Onto more about patterns and styles, blue and white is ALWAYS around in summer. The traditional nautical summer theme does not necessarily mean you need to go out in complete stripes and anchors, but adding blocks of blue and white helps to take on a more tones down take on it. I also adore blue and white in patterned material as its so delicate!

This has to be one of my favorite outfits! You could also wear this in winter or autumn by adding a pair of black tights.

So simple yet so effective.

Strappy tops are perfect for a summers outfit.

Florals are so so sooo summery and are guaranteed to be in each year. It is a great way to dress up in the sun and floral designs are great for either dressing down or dressing up. The great thing is, because florals are in year after year, you can recycle old floral clothing items by adding different jewellery or teaming them with other block colors. They are vintage and so flattering. I LOVE florals!

I love pink floraly tops. They are so pretty and have a great vintage feel to them.

A patterned skirt by itself with a simple black top is an outfit in itself!

Another type of pattern that I am in love with this year is the Aztec type patterns and designs! They are super exotic and their complex designs are just so eye catching! I love to jazz up a boring white or black top with a Aztec patterned skirt, the designs are perfect for adding some crazy personality to an outfit. The dream catcher style earrings and use of peacock feathers are such beautiful additions to any outfit!

Peacock feather patterns seem to be everywhere at the moment. They are so snazzy and are great for adding some color into smart outfits.

Play suits are another great essential to have around summer time.

An Aztec pattern maxi-skirt is so cute!

A Aztec inspired skirt can add some pattern into an outfit.

Something in expensive and that can instantly change a look for summer is your hair! There are so many different hair styles etc out there but here are some looks in which I think are great to pair with summer outfits. Most are easy to do and can change an outfit from average to outstanding! 

If I could stress one hair product to have it would be the bun sock! You can make one out of an old sock by cutting off the end and rolling it into a donut shape, or there are special made hair donuts that you can buy for a few pounds/dollars. It makes for a fuller and more dramatic bun which will give your hair volume and add shape to your face.

Hair bands/wraps are wonderful for adding some texture and color to a hairstyle.

French plait to add something different to a bun up-do.

I love this idea! It is so pretty.

Easy and pretty up do that looks harder than it is!

Again the dip dye hair but even without the dip dye I love the soft curls. So natural yet made up.

I love wavy beach hair and the plait band is beautiful.

As I stated before, I am no professional. These are just my interpretation and advice/ideas of summer styles. Non of the pictures were made by myself nor taken by me. All we taken off either Pinterest or
Hope you like it!

Megan x