23 July 2016

Fashion | Radley in London

Blue Gingham Lindy Bop Dress and Millbank Radley Bag
Blue Gingham Lindy Bop Dress and Millbank Radley Bag
Blue Gingham Lindy Bop Dress and Millbank Radley Bag
Blue Gingham Lindy Bop Dress and Millbank Radley Bag
When it comes to styling outfits, you won’t find me in any 2016 trends. Oh no, my heart belongs to a different time…

I see all these girls in their knee-high boots and lace up bodysuits, and although I think ‘damn, I wish I could pull that off’, in reality, I simply can’t. That is just not how I roll. I remember going into Topshop one day and trying on some of the current trends and modestly shrugging in the mirror and layering back on my vintage dress. It seems like my fashion taste just doesn’t fit with the modern day all that much, and that’s okay. 

My friend Hannah walked into the Tea House where we worked one day with the most stunning floral dress on. I picked her brain for some of the websites where she purchases her beautiful vintage style dresses and skipped home to give them a search. A few months after, Lindy Bop had a sale and three dresses later I fell in love. For a little lady who was once frightened at the thought of a midi-dress, my wardrobe is filling up with them. This blue gingham number cost me a few pounds shot of a purple note and is the most flattering fit. Sucking you in at the right places and flaring off to a complimenting length, this dress is a dream. So much so, that one print just wasn’t enough.

Accessorising this was a breeze. I reached for my brand spanking new Millbank Radley bag in this stunning nude shade. It’s a sturdy little number that makes the perfect everyday companion. With a long strap for slinging over your shoulder whilst running for a tube, or some short handles for that classic elbow grasp. Made with premium leather, it’s something I envisage Blair Waldorf to own…

And we can’t forget my silver dancing ASOS shoes, my current favourite pair of points! I wish I had locations like this up north to shoot; The houses in Bayswater really were a dream! Let me know your thoughts about this outfit, are you modern maven or a vintage gal?

Megan. xo

- Photos by The Tea Bee -

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21 July 2016

Food | Bunga Bunga, Battersea

Bunga Bunga, Battersea
Bunga Bunga, Battersea
Bunga Bunga, Battersea
Bunga Bunga, Battersea
Bunga Bunga, Battersea
Bunga Bunga, Battersea
Bunga Bunga, Battersea
Bunga Bunga, Battersea
Bunga Bunga, Battersea
Bunga Bunga, Battersea
Last year I visited this super cool bar in Kingly Court named Cahoots, so when I knew I’d be visiting another Inception Group venue, I knew I was in for a treat…

Located on Battersea Bridge Road is the brightly coloured pizza place, Bunga Bunga. You really can’t miss the Italian flag painted exterior and the beauty simply carries on inside. With scooters and bikes hanging from the ceiling alongside handbags for light shades mixed between Italian flags, this place is seriously cool. Although 45 minutes late for our reservation (DAMN YOU UBER!), we were welcomed with the most friendliest of faces and shown to our table, also Italian flag decorated. Amazing.

As you looked around the venue, it was a sea of smiles and laughter, this isn’t a poncy place, it’s a breath of fresh air. Our server, Thomas, repped the brand incredibly and treat us like Northern Queens. We were first shown the cocktail menu and obviously, I opted for my staple of an Amaretto Sour, as that’s how I judge a place’s cocktails, and lemme tell you. Spot. On. It had the right amount of alcohol and the right amount of tang – perfect. After, I chose a Peach Bellini, because I can't seem to go anywhere without getting one of those now either...

For starters, we opted for some Bruschetta and Polenta Fries as we were ready to go with grumbling bellies. The parmigiano topped fries were delicious, so light and airy but full of flavour. I know you’ll be sat there thinking, ‘Megan, but they’re just chips?’ No. No, they were not! We then awaited the main course, the show-stopping double-whammy pizza. Baked on the same base and to perfection were mine and Carli’s pizzas, with the toppings of our choice. I opted for the Ruby Loves, a meaty option with spicy sausage and salami, whilst Carli chose Bambino de Diego, Carbonara on a pizza! We lapped it up until our tummies could take no more but what we did eat was delicious. The sausage on mine was spicy, and the meat was so thick and fantastic quality – no expense spared here! The dough was the perfect thickness to embody everything that is a proper Italian pizza.

Unfortunately, we didn’t have time for dessert as we had to dash off (it would have probs been just as awesome, though!) to watch The Last Leg live. That is another story for another time, let’s just say it ended in the Season Wrap Party over-looking the Thames with lots of champagne…

Megan. xo
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13 July 2016

Beauty | Natural Collection Brow & Highlight Shoot

Natural Collection Brow & Highlight
Behind the Scenes Natural Collection Shoot
Natural Collection Brow and Highlight
Natural Collection Brow and Highlight
If you are aware of me on my social channels (if not – go follow me, I dare ya), you may have seen that recently, my face made it onto a stand in Boots…

That’s right, I’ve been in Boots, and as of right now, I still am! Yes, I mean that store you go into to get your beauty necessities and your latest makeup purchases. I still can’t quite come to grips with it. You may remember a few months ago, I spent some time in Nottingham with Natural Collection shooting some videos and photographs and well, they actually made it in store, eek!

You may have seen my ‘Festival Look’ featured in the store, and you can watch the video here. But right now, it’s all about the brows and highlight as Natural Collection have released their first new range of products in over 10 years. There is a mixture of both brow products and three stunning Highlighter Sticks, which is perfect because they are two of my favourite products to apply. Nothing stands out to me like a strong brow and a glowing complexion.

New to the brow collection are three products, a Pencil, a Brow Kit and a Brow Gel (coming at the end of July!) - the triple threat combo to give you badass brows. The products are packed with pigmentation, which means you need a light and steady hand do achieve your desired brow. The Highlighting Sticks come in three shades, a bronze, blush and shimmer, all there to create a different look. The coral shade, aptly named ‘Coral Glow’ (others are Rose Glow and Copper Glow) makes for a beautiful blusher and it’s what I’m wearing in the photos above!

All Natural Collection products are £1.99, which is clearly the ultimate bargain. Make sure you get yourself to Boots and check out the stand and send me over a little snapchat if you see my face, my username is ‘meganjanelillie’. Will you be trying out these new products?

Megan. xo
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11 July 2016

Beauty | Models Own Does Makeup

Model's Own Makeup Range
Model's Own Makeup Range
Model's Own Makeup Range
Model's Own Makeup Range
Model's Own Makeup Range
Trying out new makeup makes me happy, especially when it exceeds your expectations, like this lot…

Obviously, Models Own have always been known for their stunning nail polishes. Featuring an abundance of shades in their range, and having their giant polish pod around the UK, they are a brand firmly solidified in the Nail market. But now the tables have turned and they’ve begun to branch out, by releasing a makeup range.

From eye shadows to lipsticks, to bronzers, they pretty much have almost everything covered. Off I went products in hand to try and create a look with some new goodies. I started off with the Eyebrow Pencil and Blender Duo (£7.99) to define and strengthen my brows. The colour was slightly too light, but it didn’t matter all that much as the pencil was brilliant. It was creamy enough to allow for an easy application but stiff enough to create any lines that were needed without making the brow too messy. I picked up the Starry Eyed Eyeshadow Palette (£14.99) in excitement because LOOK AT THOSE SHADES! Granted, I didn’t create anything too crazy, but the packaging is just adorable. I used the bronze shade throughout the crease and outer lid before applying the pale pink on the inner half of the lid. I then used the purple shade to darken the outer lid and bottom lash line and I adored it. Can I wear purple eye shadow every day? The shades were packed with a punch of pigmentation and blended seamlessly without being too chalky. 

As my holiday tan is fading (SOB!), I needed to add some life and colour into my skin, so I reached for the Contouring Bronzing Powder (£8.99), which is in this cute little compact. I was a tad sceptical of the shade, but armed with an angled brush and an overconfident hand, I sculpted my cheekbones into something Kimmy K would have applauded. The shade is actually rather neutral, which is great for warmth and shadow – purrfect! A little bit of the Sculpt and Glow Liquid Highlighter (£9.99) and I was some sort of golden goddess (I wish!). Finally, I decided to see what this Lip Gunk Gloss (£10.99) was all about. Looking pretty similar to the OCC Lip Tars, I utilised the little dish and brush to apply the product, which was almost icing like. Alas, a little bit sticky at first, once the product settled, it was beautiful. The little brush made it so easy to apply, despite me thinking it was going to be a little bit faffy!

So that’s a little round-up of this makeup range in a nutshell, do you like the look that I created? I felt great wearing so much makeup after a week of working! Let me know your thoughts!

Megan. xo
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