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Online shopping …. friend or foe?

Posted by Megan on April 16, 2013

To be honest, there is no “right” answer because a lot of people refuse to have their card details on record at any online suppliers. Maybe they are the wise ones!

If you don’t fall into this cautious category however and have just not tried internet shopping, let me sing its praises. Bearing in mind part of my job is hitting the shops with my lovely clients, it is quite odd that I am such a fan of avoiding the shops!

For me, the beauty of it lies in the fact that there are no HIDEOUS store mirrors to contend with … I swear, it is not possible to have as much cellulite as the mirrors “say” I do! Also, you can try on what you have ordered with the jeans or shoes or dress etc. that you want to wear it with AND you can avoid crowds. Now, I absolutely love living in London, but it does not mean that I am a lover of queues and crowds in a busy Oxford Street.

Stores are making the online experience better and better. Delivery and returns and often free (ASOS.com have a annual membership for £14.95 which will get you free next day delivery and collections for that year) and for those of you who cannot receive or have parcels collected from work, many online stores have signed up to Collect Plus. There is very likely to be a collection / drop off point either near your work or home, so returning things is a breeze – this is a huge improvement from having to queue in the Post Office. Bear in mind, Royal Mail also have an online postage facility so once you have an account set up, you can create postage and send parcels without having to queue in the Post Office in any case! Refunds for returns tend to be processed very quickly too (store dependant).

All Saints and Ted Baker are two High Street stores that rather annoyingly, only issue credit notes for any in-store purchases, whereas items bought online, are fully refunded … another bonus!

A lot of people ask me how one gets there sizing right – trial and error. You will very quickly learn which brands fit “true to size” and which don’t.

Food for thought. I you have been considering the “plunge”, seriously, try it! It could literally change your life! :-)

Megan X


Back with a bang

Posted by Megan on April 7, 2013

Hello again

I know, I know … I have been gone for AGES and I can only apologise. Tough year last year but that is all behind me!

The sun is shining today and people are smiling and sitting on the commons … Spring is finally in the air. What is possibly even better for me is the bright, bright and brighter theme that seems to have carried on from last year. I can barely contain my excitement and my bank balance has suffered enormously!

I remember blogging last year about whether one was ever too old for neon  … well, I think I have decided that the answer to that is categorically “no”!

I have picked some of my current favourites to inspire you!

Megan x


My favourite high street party dresses

Posted by Megan on November 23, 2012

With the party season fast-approaching, I thought I would pick out my favourite looks for you - all dresses except for one jumpsuit from Aqua.

Everything is available from ASOS.com so you can shop from the comfort and warmth of your couch and try things on at home without terrifying changing room lighting!

Happy shopping.

Megan X


Don’t be tempted!

Posted by Megan on October 22, 2012

There’s seems to be a revival trend of the dropped-waist dress. It can be quite tempting as it takes us back to the roaring 20′s.

The problem with this style is that it suits very few of us. The only body shape that can do it  justice, is the slim athletic frame. Anyone esle should WALK AWAY!

What the dress does is remove any waist shaping that you might naturally have, whilst adding volume to your hips!! Not ideal.

The slim athlestic frame can carry this off as they don’t have much waist shping in any case and have very slim hips, so a little extra volum is usually a good thing.

I just needed to share this with you to avoid temptation!

Megan X


ASOS’ 5 KEY PIECES TO UPDATE YOUR WARDROBE

Posted by Megan on October 11, 2012

ASOS have chosen five key pieces that’ll upgrade your look into the new season, now.

“We’re loving the suit jacket as part of a smart, printed suit – girls who dress like boys are always a step ahead. A jewel-encrusted, baroque-inspired top is the perfect piece to glam up your favourite denims and leather dungarees are the next it-piece (not to mention super-chic). The parka, everyone’s favourite winter essential, has been tricked up with leather sleeve detailing and printed inserts, and the feel good hit of the summer – the peplum top – is still rocking our wardrobes in fresh new prints.”

I wouldn’t say these looks are for everyone, but one of these items might inspire you!


Jubileeee Parteeee

Posted by Megan on May 31, 2012

I love a good reason to celebrate and especially a good reason to shop … one must own something to mark to a occasion, surely??

Here are some of my favourite Jubilee finds:

Rupert Sanderson “Marquita” sandals for £575 (I know … but look at them! Available at Selfridges.

Or for something fun and a lot less damaging to the bank balance, try this tea towel from www.houseofholland.com for £25.

And for those of you who love Marmite … how could you resist?? Available at www.britishfoodshop.co.uk for £2.72.

And because I cannot resist macaroons, I had to add these: Ladurée’s limited edition macaroons. £14.40 for 6, from Harrods.

And finally one for the gents … grab yourself this Aubin and Wills sweater to get into the festive spirit and by the look of the weather forecast, you might need it. Available from www.mrporter.com for £60.

Have a wonderful weekend, whatever you do! Megan X


The marvellous pomegranate

Posted by Megan on May 23, 2012

Pomegranates have long been prized for their beautifying properties and revered as a symbol of health, fertility, prosperity, and longevity. Modern science now verifies the ancient wisdom that pomegranates offer a bounty of age-defying benefits from the inside-out and the outside-in to nourish, protect, and rejuvenate skin.

Cell Regeneration
Pomegranates protect and strengthen skin cells on the surface and regenerate cells in the deeper layers of skin. Both the fruit and the oil from its seeds strengthen the outer layers (epidermis) and repair deeper layers (dermis) of skin as well as stimulate keratinocytes (the skin cells in charge on the surface), which promotes cellular regeneration big-time.

Collagen Production
Collagen is the basic building block of our skin and the key protein that maintains firm, smooth, perky skin. Special compounds in pomegranates not only inhibit enzymes that break down collagen, but also extend the life of fibroblasts (the cells that produce collagen and elastin) to support skin’s integrity and improve skin elasticity.

Sun-Damage Protection
Pomegranates offer serious sun protection, thanks to the unique profile of antioxidants, including gallic and ellagic acid, which ward off sun damage, skin cancer, the visible effects of photoaging and even relieve sunburn symptoms.

Anti-Aging Action
Pomegranate’s powerful antioxidants fight and repair free-radical damage from the sun and environmental factors that age skin, including hyperpigmentation and age spots. Anthocyanidins, ellagic acid, and punicalagin work in harmony to increase microcirculation to renew cells, prevent and smooth wrinkles, and boost the production our body’s own built-in antioxidants for age-defying action.

Anti-Inflammatory Ally
Inflammation can wreak havoc on your skin and lead to premature aging. Pomegranates contain champion anti-inflammatory compounds, including a bevy of polyphenol antioxidants. As one of the few plant sources of conjugated fatty acids, pomegranates are a unilateral ally to soothe and heal skin from the chronic, aggravating effects of oxidative and environmental stress caused by free radicals.

Deep Hydration
Pomegranate seed oil easily and deeply penetrates skin to fortify moisture where it is needed most. Plus, it’s loaded with punicic acid, an omega-5 fatty acid, which helps lock in moisture and keep out bacteria.


Are you too old for neon?

Posted by Megan on April 25, 2012

Basically, I have fallen a little bit in love with neon and this lead me to ask myself if I was kidding myself and I should just leave it to the teenagers …

I think it is safe to say that if you are in your late teens to early twenties – go mad and go head to toe, if the mood takes you! Beyond that, be a little more subtle and pick one item … shoes, a bag, a top … if you are going the clothing option, make sure you can wear very bright colours (especially near your face).

BUT, in this gloomy weather, we need something to brighten the mood … go crazy and treat yourself!

Megan X


Peplum

Posted by Megan on April 12, 2012

If you are looking for a dress or skirt to update your wardrobe, peplum is the way forward. It is basically a pencil skirt with a facelift and will suit most body shapes but I would advise Pears to avoid the style as it will emphasise your hips.

Megan X


Happy Easter

Posted by Megan on April 9, 2012

Remember, this is definitely one of the times in the year when the calories don’t count … so eat a LOT of chocolate and enjoy!

Megan X