A fresh start

Friday, 14 April 2017

Log Cabin

It's the Easter weekend! And for most of us that means a nice 4 day break from whatever the mundane 9-5 is. Want to know how I've spent most of mine? Laid in bed just relaxing and recuperating. It's funny isn't it when we're at work we get up we go to work we live a life we sleep and repeat.

Today's the first day in around 3 months I've just switched off, and it got me thinking lots of abstract thoughts. We spend our lives running around at 100 miles an hour, constantly looking at screens and powering through this high tech computer run world - imagine what it would be like going 'offgrid' for a while? A fresh start, back to basic, no screens, no technology just pure survival tools

Flogas recently ran a survey to discover where Brits would go for a fresh start and 'off grid' peace and the results were quite surprising
  • 70% of us would leave our jobs tomorrow for an adventure
  • Over 50% of people say the weather would dictate their location choice
  • 80% think living in a remote area would suit them
  • Men have more of an urge than women to break away
  • Survival skills rank highly with 77% of people thinking they could change a gas canister like the lpg from Flogas*
  • Although over half would miss their smart phones within a week!
Me? I'm not sure I could survive. I love the idea of a log cabin somewhere and peace and quiet but I'm also a self confessed tech addict so I'd definitely get withdrawal from being connected

How do you think you'd cope going 'offgrid' ?


Alice Megan

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Budget spring outfit wishlist

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Spring has sprung and it's time to switch up those wardrobes, I've just cleansed mine so now I have room for brand new additions so here's my wishlist:

Spring budget wishlist
[1] Rose Bush Summer Dress - £15 - Zalando
[2] Relaxed Pocket Blazer - £15 - Boohoo
[3] Feather Necklace - £5 - Bon Marche
[4] Diamond Pattern tights - £2.99 - Forever 21
[5] Grey Suedette heeled boots - £5 - New Look
Total - £42.99

An entire spring outfit for less than £50 including accessories! I've picked a really cute bright dress as the staple piece and complimented with really simple but effective accessories that can be worn for multi occasions such as the relaxed blazer. By shopping around it's really easy to stay within a budget. I always use Lovethesales when looking for new clothes - this fab site searches all the online sales and brings them in one place so you don't have to. This way you'll never miss a bargain again

What's your top tips for budgeting in a new season?
Liked this? You may also like my Autumn dress post*

Alice Megan

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5 awesome tips to keep your skin fresh and healthy

Monday, 27 March 2017

Fresh and healthy skin can be the secret to looking younger and feeling great but often half the battle to achieve this is finding out where to start. To get the clear, radiant skin you’ve always hoped for, try changing your lifestyle to incorporate these tips. 

Exfoliate your skin

As we age, our skin’s natural enzymes are less effective at removing dead skin cells that can block your pores and prevent your skin from reflecting light. This means that not only are you more prone to pimples and blemishes but your skin is left looking ashy and grey. To speed up the cellular turnover in your skin, introduce exfoliation into your natural skincare* routine. This will nourish and restore your skin as well as making the way for moisturising products to penetrate more deeply. Limit your exfoliation to one or two days per week as over-exfoliating can sometimes leave your skin dry and damaged. 

Hit the hay

Something as simple as getting the right amount of sleep every night can vastly improve your skin’s appearance. Not enough quality sleep will make your skin look tired and therefore older, especially for those who suffer from puffy eyes. Make sure you have a regular routine at bedtime so that you are fully relaxed before you nod off. If you have trouble sleeping at night, why not try exercise to tire you out? Avoiding caffeine in the evenings and avoiding eating after a certain time can also improve your overall sleep quality. 

Don’t neglect h2o

Cucumber water

Water helps to get rid of the toxins that cause blemishes and inflammation and also assists in transporting nutrients and oxygen to skin cells to prevent dehydration. If you’re dehydrated, premature ageing can occur. It is recommended that you drink at least 8 glasses of water per day and more if you live in a hot climate or if you’re particularly active. 

Go green

Green vegetables such as kale and broccoli contain mass amounts of vitamin C which have been known to get rid of the free radicals that can cause wrinkles and sagging. It has also been found that vitamin C can help to treat sun damaged skin that is notorious for causing fine lines and discolouration. Another green thing that will benefit your skin is green tea which is high in anti oxidants and therefore said to improve redness and inflammation altogether making your skin look a lot younger and fresher.  

Protect your skin from harm 

Suncream heart

Protecting your skin from harm can include anything from UV rays, hot water and even bacteria that lurk on your smartphone. Wearing sunscreen has been proven to reduce wrinkles as 90% of wrinkles are caused by sun exposure.  In terms of hot water, a steamy shower may feel great after a long day but the heat strips essential oils and creates a mild burn. Skin reacts to this by dilating blood vessels in an effort to cool down and this causes flushing and ruddiness. As we age, our skin loses its ability to shrink back to its original state meaning that we can appear ruddy all of the time

Alice Megan

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Level 10 Goals: 2017

Friday, 6 January 2017

2017 Fireworks

It's 2017! Yahhhh New year new me and all that crap - because let's face it that's what it is. I used to do it every single year, make the same damn resolutions and then be miserable by 3 weeks in because I broke every single one (again.) well this year is different. I no longer make resolutions, I made real life attainable goals based upon the concept of a level 10 life

If you don't know what the level 10 life is, it's the concept of scoring each area of your life out of 10 and working hard to achieve perfect 10s because figuratively that would mean a perfect life! 10/10 in every area of your life is absolutely impossible but constantly striving for better is the best way forward so here's my 10 goals for the years in the 10 different areas of my life:

Family and Friends: Make time for them! Should be easy right? But life sometimes gets in the way and people get taken for granted so I'm going to make a conscious effort to spend time with them and have fun

Career: Become a senior resourcer. This is pretty ambitious actually, I'll have only been in the job a year come June time but I'm thinking by the turn of 2018 I could definitely be in a position where I can successfully be promoted

Fun: Explore Sheffield! I adore my city it's so beautiful and there's so much I've still not learnt and so many places I haven't visited so my fun for the year is to really get to know the city I call home

Blogging: Reach 10K total followers! I've been quite slack on the blog in the past year and I have so many lovely followers but I aim to grow from my current number of roughly 8600 to 10K over the year on combined social media. I think that's quite a modest jump so let's see if I can achieve it

Finances: Save enough money to buy a car. This goes hand in hand with one of my other goals, I'm not looking for a super flash car, just a cute little second hand car perfect for my first

Personal Development: Pass my driving test - I need to pass this year so I don't have to do my theory again! Nothing like a little pressure as motivation right?

Love: Fall in love - This is more a hope than an actual goal, there's nothing I can really do to make this happen other than keep dating and see what life has in store for me

Health and Wellbeing: Lose weight. I lost just over a stone last year which I was really pleased with. This year I'm hoping to lose even more, a stone would be good but more would be amazing

Physical Environment: Empty Cupboard and reinvent it. I have a cupboard in the wall that's pretty huge and I think it could make a perfect reading nook or similar, however it's full of stuff. It's basically a dumping ground so this year I need to finally get round to working through it

Comping: Win something money can't buy. I used to adore Comping but I've really lost the love for it, I think I need to win something money can't buy to recapture that love

What are your goals for the year?

Alice Megan

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How to make the kitchen the heart of Christmas

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Kitchen Counter

If you were to ask what the heart of the home is, the kitchen would be right up there; alongside the living room and a subscription to Neflix perhaps; either way, the kitchen is no longer just a place where you prepare a quick meal, or in most cases, scramble for snacks; no matter the hour.

The humble kitchen is where life happens, and with Christmas tomorrow (arrrrrgghhh!), I know how much time I will be spending there, and like many of you, how much fun/panic stations/arguments over the best way to make fluffy spuds etc will be done in one room.


So when it comes to making the kitchen the beating heart & soul of the home this Christmas, here are just a few tips some

1) Create your space

One of the top tips I’ve seen is from the kitchen company SDB Kitchensit all has to do with space. “One of the biggest things people complain about is space; whether that is cooking the Christmas meal or entertaining afterwards. There is little you can do about re-designing your kitchen now, but what you can do is give yourselves a head start by clearing up your worktops from clutter. Pack away cookbooks (keep the one you need for your Christmas meal, naturally), put utensils in a big jar or draw, or even box them and put to the side, and keep all of your working areas free. That will create a grand illusion of space and costs 10 minutes of your time!”


2) Decorations to a minimum

We all love Christmas decorations, they can make rooms look and feel festive. Go to a Christmas fete and stall and you can pick up some beautiful pieces. The trick is to not go OTT but to bring about the warm look and feel of Christmas to the kitchen. Small Christmas wreaths to hanging decorations work best, especially if you’re trying to save space on worktops and counter areas. Use contrasting colours to bring out the different looks and feel to the living space.


3) Create a drinks area!

Drinks Station

Another great tip from Stefano and his team is “create a drinks area.” I was dubious at first but this sounds like one of the better ideas I’ve seen. “If you’re trying to get friends and family together, a little drinks area which has a selection of wines, spirits of even soft drinks that people can go to and mingle around, especially after the meal, can be one of the best things you can do. Plus, if you’re hosting, it stops you from having to get up all the time to see if someone wanted a drink It’s a great centrepiece for fun and laughter!”


4) Get your playlist right!

Finally, if you really want to bring the spirit of Christmas into the home this year, then you’d need look no further than a good playlist to accompany you through the day. From Christmas spirited tunes whilst you’re cooking and chatting away to more sedate music for food, this could be the start of getting a yearly tradition in with playlists and requests before your Christmas hosting duties arrive.


Are you ready for the festivities?
PS - Make sure you're dining rooms fit for the festivities with my dining room wishlist!

Alice Megan

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