How to survive a shopping trip in 5 easy steps

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Ahhh shopping, every girl loves it right?
Wrong. Like I don't know I've never really fit into girly stereotypes anyway but my idea of hell is being dragged around a shopping mall on a Saturday (give me football anyday) but it's not the process of shopping because hell my bank card can attest I have a serious online shopping addiction it's just the absolute chore that a high street / shopping mall can provide when seeking to buy things

But good news for you guys is that I of course do have to go shopping so I've managed to make the ultimate shopping experience that little bit more bearable with 5 easy tips

1) Location, Location, Location
If you're in for the long haul of a full day of shopping you need somewhere where everything is under one roof - shopping, food and other activities can all be found at Liverpool 1* making it the perfect choice. Plus it's spacious and these kind of shopping malls are literally designed to make shoppers happy. Side point - rain can't get you inside (#winning)

2) Timing
Hey let's go shopping on a Saturday lunch time with the rest of the people in the country, yeh nope never happening #sorrynotsorry . If you want to actually enjoy a shopping trip weekdays are you friend, weekday evenings are even better. A trip shopping after work on a weekday is bound to be far more enjoyable than visiting on a weekend when it's packed to the rafters

3) Snackages 
Hangry is a thing, like legit a real thing - if you don't know what it is then you're a lucky person. Being hunger causes anger and thus Hangry, if you're planning a shopping trip make sure you have snacks/drinks for stamina (I advocate cocktail stops mid-way through but don't judge your purchases after!) For the more sensible of you I'd say cereal bars, nuts and water in your handbag are the perfect way to stop Hanger before you get to a scheduled food pit - stop 

4) Plan ahead
In the super switched on world we live on we have technology at our finger tips 24/7. Use it to your advantage and plan ahead, plan your route around, plan your food pit-stops. Plan which shops are unmissable and make sure you use money-saving apps such as voucher cloud to get discounts as you shop because even the grumpiest shopper (me always) will crack a smile at saving money

5) Cheat's way to shop
So on the days I desperately don't want to go shopping but also can't justify delivery costs I order all my purchases online, get them delivered to store and voila! Shopping completed in the quickest time in each shop because your purchases are all ready for you to pick up giving you more time to enjoy a nice meal and cocktails (TGI Friday's if you're offering to take me)

And there we go, even the most unsociable little bee can master a shopping trip - thank me later!

Alice Megan


Family - Where would I be without it?

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Family - It means something different to everyone, and everyone's family has a slightly different make up. Some people make their own tight knit circle of friends they'd consider family and other's are an eclectic mix of different families coming together under one roof due to marriages/divorces etc.* recently commissioned a little survey to look into the modern family and how dynamics have changed 

My family is pretty big and all super close!
My immediate family's pretty simple: Me, Momma and my Stepdad. I'm so close with my parents it's crazy, I have friends that are like woah how can you still live at home at 24 but it's super simple when my parents are so chill and allow me the freedom they do

My extended family is made up of the best people! It's an old saying that you can't choose your family, well I'm glad I don't need to because the one's I've ended up with are the best

While I'm an only child I never feel alone! I've got 4 aunties and uncles and of course lots of cousins to go with and we regularly all catch up at my nans (surely everyone has a family hub? Where everyone gravitates)

We have so much fun and all get along incredibly well and all have the same crazy sense of humour, whenever there are new people (boyfriends / girlfriends etc.) to be introduced it's definitely a baptism of fire but I've never met a family like us. Family to me - is the most fantastic feeling of belonging and happiness there is

What does family mean to you?

Alice Megan


Launching HPFinds

Monday, 26 June 2017

"Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you'd expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn't hold with such nonsense"

That single line changed everything. I can't even begin to tell you how hooked I got on the Harry Potter books, they were my saving grace through my teen years and many a time when I had the darkness inside me I ventured into the wizarding world for an escape. Now at 24, I still turn to these books and films and the Pottermore community and Harry Potter will always be a permanent fixture in my life (literally! I have a lumos tattoo dontcha know)

Some people do the whole 'Alice you're an adult now' and I'm still struggling to find any fucks given on that front. Harry Potter transcends ages and I'll never grow out of it - anyway I'm massively digressing you're hear to find out what the hell HPFinds is right?

Well it's officially 20 years since the launch of this wonderful series and whilst I adore my lifestyle blog it can sometimes feel a tad tedious, I wanted to start something I adore and feel passionate about that can be just a little fun too! So I've decided to launch social media channels for HP Finds. Ultimately it's going to be a place to completely enable you and make you spend money!

It's basically a collection of everything Harry Potter I can possibly find! From official merchandise, to travel trips to more unique handmade original pieces - It's basically Potter Heaven and a way for me to justify all my splurges

So come along, join the HP journey and let's make the magic live forever

Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Alice Megan


Unique decor from Uncommon Goods

Sunday, 11 June 2017

I'm constantly updating and renovating little parts of my house, I love collecting little unique trinkets and something that's unique and makes people ask me where I got it from

When I came across Uncommon Goods I was in absolute heaven! So so many beautiful pieces that I adore that can go across the whole house and give it a little touch of 'you' so here's a collection of my favourite pieces

Summer is right around the corner so it seems only right to begin the focus in the garden my favourite garden decor and accessories* are:

Zen cat garden sculpture

Anyone who knows me will know my love for cats (I have three real ones!) so I absolutely fell in love with these felines. They look like little budhas absolutely adorable

Bee oasis

Bees are actually incredibly important! They help sustain the eco-world we have and without them pollunating we could be in a bit of a mess. For me, the bee has taken a much stronger significance especially the worker bee being the symbol of Manchester so I'd love to encourage them to be buzzing around my garden

Moving back inside the house I often think it's the little touches which really make a house a home, the distinguishing features and little marks of personality and decorative pieces 

Wishing Wall

I think the idea of this wishing wall is so darn cute! it can be personalised too, It's a lovely way of remembering the little things that made you smile every day and then looking back over the happy thoughts further down the line

Kinetic Gear Key Holder
Hands up who loses their keys? I have a mini meltdown every single morning searching through pockets and bags and every other surface that I could have put my keys on the night before. I definitely want to invest in this gorgeous key holder. I love the steampunk style it looks so modern while harking back to a day gone by

It's important as well to remember the little things that you use every day but doesn't get any attention such as the door mat you walk on every day

Amp doormat

Instant cool points for anyone entering your home! Like seriously how cool is this? I love that it can be personalised and I love that it looks almost 3D

So for a few tweaks and changes and new items you can really put a unique stamp on your home and with 1/3 of the items incorporating recycled or upcycled materials you can be happy in the knowledge that your items are sourced responsible by the most creative artists and designers around

What's your favourite item on Uncommon Goods?

Alice Megan


What I've been watching #1

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

What to watch on TV

Some people like to live life at 100 miles an hour. Me? After a day at work there's nothing I want more than to crash out in front of the tv and relax. As such it means I'm constantly running out of new things to watch so all recommendations are very very welcome!

Right now onto some of my faves right now:

  1. Better Call Saul - I've loved this series of BCS, it's finally all coming full circle and we're learning how Jimmy Mcgill became Saul Goodman. Definitely one of my favourite spin off shows
  2. Peaky Blinders - How am I only just getting into this?!? It's absolutely epic I've only watched the first season and I'm completely hooked - Cillian Murphy is absolutely mesmerising
  3. Love Island - Oh who doesn't love a bit of trashy reality? I got completely suckered into love island yet again it's such a guilty pleasure. It's absolutely terrible TV it's undeniable but I'm compelled to watch it
  4. American Crime Story - I'm absolutely fascinated with all things crime and I can often be found watching crime documentaries so I definitely had to watch this docu-series about the OJ Simpson trials which had quite a stellar cast! many recognisable faces - I loved it!
  5. 13 reasons why - Netflix smash it again with another cracking original, this was such a good series, playing with really dark themes of being a teenager and how everything has an impact on someones life. Really difficult to watch at times but incredibly well made
What have you been watching?

Alice Megan