30 April 2016

Advertisers | Meet My April '16 Advertisers!

I'm Georgia, an Advertising and Marketing Graduate from over at Mapped Out. I basically use my blog as an excuse to justify my excessive shopping habits... I chose the name ‘Mapped Out’ as I wanted to blog about so many different things at the start, however I soon realised that my blog was going to be more beauty focused. Mapped Out has become a place where I talk everything fashion and beauty related with the odd lifestyle post thrown in. In particular my blog is focused on beauty reviews to show my latest makeup purchases, so expect lots of hauls and recommendations! On the odd occasion I also include fashion posts featuring outfit pictures to show you what I have been wearing lately. Wishlists are probably my faves though as it means I get to browse through ASOS with an actual purpose... I work really hard to bring exciting and interesting content to my blog, so I hope it inspires you in some way or another and you come back and visit again! Be sure to follow me on my social platforms below to keep up to date with all new content on Mapped Out.

Style & Anna is a new blog by me - Anna, which I started at the beginning of 2016. I’m a fashion designer from the North West of England, and I love to write about all things fashion and showing off my own personal style. I travel as much as I possibly can, so you can always find travel advice on my blog. When I’m not working, blogging or travelling, you can find me either creating my own fashion collection, or obsessing over the latest Game of Thrones episode, while seeing how many Jaffa cakes I can eat on my own (usually a whole pack).

Hiya! My names Siobhan and I run the beauty baker which is a "everything" blog, basically, I blog about whatever my little heart desires whether that's beauty, fashion, travel, lifestyle or food related! I'm a little Welsh girl living in England that has an insane obsession with makeup, marvel (mainly spider-man) and baking.

I've been writing my fantastic parenting and lifestyle blog Slummy Single Mummy since 2009, and recently won the coveted Vuelio Best Parenting Blog and Best UK Blog awards. Not so slummy right?! I'm a mum of two daughters, Bee, 20 and Belle, 13, and write with a refreshing mix of honesty and humour. My recent ‘alternative fashion shoot’ post is just brilliant - anyone who can style an outfit from Asda whilst standing next to a bin has to be worth a read! My testimonials page includes a quote that calls me ‘hilarious/awesome’ and I think that sums me up pretty well. Slummy Single Mummy is definitely one to add to your reading list, although perhaps best avoided whilst drinking tea, unless you want a spillage.

We created Dames & Dimes as we recognised that more and more people were becoming concerned with what is being put on their skin and we believed we could deliver products that were natural, safe and effective. You won't find synthetic fragrances or colours in our products which is just dandy because we find they irritate sensitive skin. Our products are packed with natural ingredients and we even make use of organic unrefined shea butter, organic unrefined cocoa butter and organic beeswax. As a majority of our products are made from natural oils and butters, they do not require any preservatives as there is no water for nasty micro-organisms to grow in our products. Everyone’s a winner here at Dames & Dimes. Except the micro-organisms of course. As an added bonus, we’re offering 10% off your very first order.

If you'd like to advertise me in any further months, you can find out all information, statistics and prices here.

Megan. xo

24 April 2016

Lifestyle | Brunch at The Curing House, Middlesbrough

The Curing House, Middlesbrough
Brunch at The Curing House, Middlesbrough
The Curing House, Middlesbrough
Tea at The Curing House, Middlesbrough
French Toast and Bacon at The Curing House, Middlesbrough
The Curing House, Middlesbrough
After loving The Nuthatch (post here) so much and more and more places popping up as I type. I decided to give another place on Bedford Street a try, this time, it was The Curing House

Created by a family that has a passion for food, The Curing House is a unique dining experience. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a restaurant of which specialises in charcuterie so I didn’t have any expectations upon my visit, all that I expected was a bloody good meal. The place is beautifully decorated with a very open space, hanging copper lights, white exposed brick and slightly 70’s inspired furniture. As Carli and myself decided to pop in quite early, we were met with a rather fabulous Brunch menu.

With a pot of tea to start (because we’re super British), we pondered the menu and our eyes met on exactly the same dish. From a choice of breakfast delights and light lunch meals, we had made up our minds almost instantly: French Toast, House Cured Streaky Bacon with a Thyme and Honey Glaze. Eggy Bread, as us commoners call it, has always had a special place in my heart (and on my plate) so I knew that it would be a great choice.

Our dishes came swiftly and our plates looked an absolute dream. Two thickly cut slices of their homemade bread French style and two streaks of bacon, topped with a few berries and the glaze. I would have liked a little jug of the glaze to add a bit more, as I felt it lacked slightly, but nevertheless, it was delicious. I totally regretted the bowl of Cheerios I had devoured a few hours previous, as I couldn’t eat the entire thing! For what you get, I think the price is on the more expensive side at £7, but I suppose it’s all because of the products, it’s not any ol’ rubbish clearly.

I’ll definitely be back to try out the evening menu or perhaps go for Sunday Lunch to see what their Yorkshire Puds are like… Let me know what your favourite dishes are for a Brunch, do you love Eggy Bread as much as I do?! If you’re in the area, go pay The Curing House a visit also!

Megan. xo
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21 April 2016

Lifestyle | 20 Thoughts You Have in Your Last Weeks at Uni

ASOS Pink Lace Babyoll Dress
You wouldn’t guess that I’m in my last few weeks at University, it’s not like I talk about it all the time on all my social media channels. LOL…

1. Yo, like, I got this. 25000 words, like, isn’t even that much really when you think about it

2. I am just one huge crumbling slice of emotion right now

3. Sod it, as long as I pass, that’s okay, right?

4. Operation: Sneak pizza into late night library session

5. How many cans of red bull is too much?

6. Must listen to uplifting music to get me motivated…


8. I would literally pay someone £200 to write this essay because this girl gives no sh*ts about a word she’s writing

9. These people in the library are doing my head in…


11. Time for a tactical mid-essay beer

12. Time for a tactical mid-essay nap

13. Time for a tactical mid-essay procrastination which will last the rest of the day

14. Guys, when are we eating next?

15. I am in a prison that has books for walls

16. I mean, how necessary is this degree anyway? 

17. Three years of this crap and all I’ve managed to obtain is a successful long-term migraine

18. How much of this actually has to be your own words?

19. Sleep? Human social interaction? What? What are these things you speak of?

20. Right, that’s it… I’m becoming a mime artist.

Megan. xo
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18 April 2016

Lifestyle | Behind The Scenes at my Natural Collection Shoot

Natural Collection Shoot Behind The Scenes
Natural Collection Shoot Behind The Scenes
Natural Collection Shoot Behind The Scenes
Natural Collection Shoot Behind The Scenes
Natural Collection Shoot Behind The Scenes
A few weeks ago, I went for a few nights away in Nottingham for a special video and photo shoot with Natural Collection. Although the content isn’t out yet (watch this space!) here are some ‘BTS’ bits…

After hopping on and off three different trains with a case full of clothes, I was swept off into the stunning Lace Market Hotel. Only a few footsteps away from the hustle and bustle of the centre, I felt like a princess in my first ever hotel experience alone - with the inclusion of room service! (Of which I had no idea what to do with once I had finished and refused to believe you leave it outside your door - lol). I dashed off to Tesco to pick up some essentials for my stay - a £6.50 bottle of prosecco and a bag of chocolate buttons, both of which I enjoyed in a rather lovely bubble bath. After my snooze, I was picked up by taxi the next morning and whisked off to the studio, and so the filming began...

A quick introduction to the team I was going to be working with (all of who were bloody babes), and I was in hair and makeup being prepped for the first look. I was super nervous to begin with, questioning why they chose me, if I was going to be any good at the process and whether I was going to feel confident about the final product, but the entire team put me at ease. It was super strange going from being alone in your room with a camera, to an entire team in a huge studio, with huge cameras, huge lights and a huge microphone! After our first day filming, the team joined me at my hotel for a meal so that I didn't have to spend the evening alone, which was so lovely of them and I appreciated it ridiculously . The second day felt a lot easier as I knew what to expect, I just wish I felt confident from the start, but this just doesn't happen to a lass from Boro yano...

Over the two days, we filmed and photographed three looks all together, all of which should be up on the Natural Collection and Boots (whaaaaaaaat?!) social media channels over the next couple of weeks/months. I cannot wait to see the final products and am awaiting them in anticipation! You never quite imagine how much work and team effort goes into filming and photographing promotional/advertorial style features - it is a whole different world entirely!

Coming your way very soon will be three 'Get The Look' style features, using alllllllllll Natural Collection products, all of which I absolutely adore. A huge thank you and ginormous hug from me to you for all your lovely messages and tweets about the opporutnity, I still find it quite bewildering! Keep an eye out on social media for my little face, until then, thanks for reading my beauties.

Megan. xo
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