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Hello and Happy early Valentines day you beautiful bunch!


I thought today, on the eve of Valentines day it might be nice to share with you some new in pieces from one of my all time favourite jewellery brands Monica Vinader.
It’s absolutely no secret that I am a huge fan of all things Monica Vinader, often feeling naked when I occasionally forget to layer up on my MV jewels. I remember when I first received a Monica Vinader bracelet for my birthday a few years ago. It was engraved with my blog name of the time “Pages By Megan” and was one of the most special presents I had ever received and the Monica Vinader love affair was ignited.
I still wear that bracelet day in and day out, this time layered up with the rest of the Monica Vinader crew that I’ve since collected, there’s something so magical about each and every Monica Vinader piece and thats why I keep going back for more.

You’ll spy my Monica Vinader stash in almost every single blog post and outfit that I share, but today I wanted to share something a little more paired down in order to really allow the jewellery to do the talking.
A simple plain white tee and blue jeans combination, a classic look for us all and one you can often find me rocking but never without my jewellery. Layering up a selection of my favourite Monica Vinader jewellery including my much loved friendship bracelets, the M initial necklace and some newbies that I think you're gonna wanna know about.

Thats what I love so much about everything Monica Vinader do, they’re the kind of pieces that work with every single look whether it’s something super bold and colourful with lashings of prints, or something that is much more paired back like this, Monica Vinader jewellery makes every outfit special.

Monica Vinader have recently released the Linear Solo collection that you can see me styling here along with my most loved MV pieces. A truly beautiful collection that includes the iconic friendship bracelets that you know I adore, along with both drop and stud earrings, a delicate pendant necklace, bangles and a chain ring which is something new for me but something I’m loving layering up with the other rings in my collection. Each piece within the Linear Solo collection features clean lines, my favourite colourful cords and bespoke cut gemstones which add a touch of glitz in a really understated way.
Whether you wear each piece alone or layer them up the way I like to, the Linear Solo collection is truly versatile and totally beautiful, transforming any outfit one piece at a time.

I was inspired by the simplicity of the Linear Solo collection to create this blogpost. A simple combination of two classics- a white tee and blue jeans made that little more sophisticated and interesting with lashings of gold jewellery (the collection also comes in silver and rose gold if thats more your thing) and then of course with a pop of colour similarly to the colourful cords of the friendship bracelets I've included a bold turquoise eye look. I was inspired by the classic style of the Linear Solo collection to shoot this look on both 35mm film and on a classic polaroid camera, yet to combine it's modern influences with digital photography too, this was a post that I truly enjoyed creating, we had some fun, pushing the boundaries on what simplicity meant and I'm really thrilled with what we've come up with.

Each piece in the collection makes for the most perfect of gifts for those you love- I've now treated all of my friends and family to their own Monica Vinader piece for birthdays and Christmas' past and I know that each of them adore their MV jewellery so much. Whether you're hinting for a piece from your partner, spoiling your gal pals or treating yourself this Valentines day and beyond, you can be sure that it makes for the most perfect of treats.
Shop the collection here and Happy Valentines Day Angels <3

x M

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I hope you’ve all had a great start to February, I for one am so thrilled to see the back of January for many reasons but mostly because it means we are one step closer to spring time! Seeing all the fabulous SS19 newness in store but not actually being able to buy it just yet is KILLING ME, but alas the light at the end of the sartorial tunnel is in sight… HURRAH!

I planned for this post to be a little look at what I’d learnt from having a mini spending ban on clothing throughout January as surprisingly I learnt a lot about myself, I had some deep meaningful thoughts about what it is that makes me feel like me and a shit tonne of thoughts about my job. I also learnt a lot about my wardrobe and the pieces that were missing from within it. Let me know if you fancy that post some time soon?

The reason I didn’t go for that post is purely just poor time management on my part. I forgot to set to work writing it last week when I knew I’d be spending Monday and Tuesday in London with no time to put fingers to keyboard and get it done. So alas I’m here on Wednesday, the day before this post actually goes live and I’m actually considering making this post about basics… Yep, you read that right.

Basics isn’t something you read a lot about in these parts, I am certainly not the blogger you come to for information on the best basics or which basics you should have in your wardrobe or how to style basics for that matter.
A plain white tee, a good pair or both black and blue jeans and a classic black blazer are great and I must admit are absolute essentials for everyones wardrobe, however they don’t set my soul alight as they do for others, hence why you don’t see much chat about them around here.
HOWEVER, all that being said I do believe that basics make the basis of your wardrobe and if you nail them, then you’ve pretty much got this whole styling thing down!
I’ve always championed the aforementioned basics along with a crisp white shirt, black leather biker jacket and for me an A line skirt and black pointed boot all sit firmly in the realm of basic, but it was only when I did this little style challenge of reworking and shopping my own wardrobe for an entire month that I was really able to evaluate where the gaps in my wardrobe were, hence failing said spending ban and purchasing two very basic black items instead.

COAT- & OTHER STORIES, ZEBRA TOP- ASOS, TSHIRT- PROENZA SCHOULER, JEANS- TOPSHOP, BOOTS- TOPSHOP (similar), BAG- ZARA (similar), JEWELLERY- c/o MONICA VINADER (AD)

The first being a great pair of black denim jeans.
It’s no secret that I’ve had a serious love affair with light wash denim for the past couple of seasons. Whether they were skinny, straight, flared or a kick flare, I’ve been firmly in the light wash denim club for many moons and really bloody enjoyed it.
But whilst shopping my own wardrobe I realised I really lacked a pair of washed black jeans in both a skinny fit and a straight leg style.
I was finding countless t-shirts, blouses and jumpers that really leant themselves to being styled simply with a pair of black jeans yet my wardrobe wasn’t coming up with the goods.
So I set on a mission to find a pair of straight leg jeans first as I know what to look for when searching for the dream straight leg fit. Skinny jeans we will revisit at a later date.

I really love a washed black finish as I find jet black is slightly too formal for me which allowed me to whittle down the search a little bit. I’d recently spied a pair on the Topshop website that boasted a really relaxed fit in a washed denim that had that much coveted button down fastening rather than a zip. I was sold and hotfooted to my local store to try them on.
I got a size up for a real relaxed fit but am also considering getting them in my normal size too, in order to create a different look entirely as I am SO into them!
I’ve been wearing them at every given opportunity whether that be for days about the house, days in town and for evenings out, they’re just so damn great and work to create that model off duty, “I’ve just thrown this look together” vibe super easily.

The next basic black item that I was lacking was a classic black coat. An absolute style essential at this time of year but one I just didn’t have in the depths of my wardrobe. I’ve always been a huge fan of statement outerwear but throughout January I found myself pining for simplicity in the form of a black coat. I did A LOT of internet browsing as I knew exactly what I wanted and didn’t mind whether it came from a high street store or was something more of an investment, as a black coat, to me, makes for the perfect investment piece.
I couldn’t find a single thing that ticked my boxes so ended up settling for this woolen coat by & Other Stories.

I say I settled because what I really wanted was something a bit longer, possibly in faux fur or a Borg material and I wanted it to be HUGE, ideally this coat but in black.
However, once this coat arrived through my letter box it was love at first sight and I’ve since worn it non-stop. It’s a little thin so certainly needs to be layered up, but the oversized and relaxed silhouette means it’s really easy to layer up to create a really fun yet warm look. I truly love this coat, it’s a classic that I’ll have in my wardrobe for many seasons to come and it’s also thin enough to transition into spring whilst also being the perfect coat for styling both casually and perhaps a little more formally too.

This exact look has been a go-to look of mine for the past month or so as it encompasses a lot of the things I love so much about styling. It’s layered, it’s certainly classic but it has fun touches such as the slogan T-shirt (a sale find by Proenza Schouler, a brand I am TOTALLY obsessed with right now), the Zebra mesh top peeking through underneath combined with the red leopard boots means it’s got a touch of fun to what is essentially a very classic all black look, who’d have thought it.

What do you think? Are you nailing it when it comes to the basics? Or have I made you realise that there may be some gaps in your wardrobe? Lets’ discuss.

x M

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WE’RE NEARLY DONE WITH JANUARY… CAN I GET A HALLELUJAH!?
I’m SO flipping chuffed that we’re one month closer to spring and after a glorious weekend away with gorgeous friends, I’m feeling extremely thankful for those small things in life. I’ve done a few blogposts on this topic before, strangely enough on this very day last year, (check it out here) as I think it’s really nice to take a step back from the woes of daily life to have a good hard think about those smaller things that make a huge difference to your life.
As it’s January and essentially the dullest month of the year I thought it would be nice to say sayonara in a way that wasn’t “Piss off and don’t come back” and more, “yeah you’re crap but inevitable so see you in 11 months time…”

1. This brings me rather seamlessly onto my first small thing which is the sheer beauty of getting away for the weekend with great pals. This weekend in fact we headed over to George’s hometown of Helmsley in North Yorkshire which is one of my favourite places in the world and I feel so lucky and so grateful to now have it as my home away from home. It was so amazing to share such a special place to both George and I with our best pals Rob and Amy.
The weekend in itself was pretty uneventful but thats what I love about these kind of getaways with these kind of people, you don’t have to do much to have a bloody good time. Our time was spent in country pubs, with a VERY windy and cold country walk and of course with a good ole roast dinner, but it was my fave weekend in a long ole while. It’s weekend’s such as this that make me feel so thankful for great friendships and for our beautiful country, you don’t have to spend a lot or travel far to really take in some natural beauty, it was a belter and I can’t wait for more glorious weekends just like this one.

2. Next up is one that creeps up on me every few months but makes me feel v thankful for it… Are you ready to be WOWED!?
I’m grateful for fresh electric toothbrush heads… Yeah really!? I’m actually chuckling to myself as I’m writing this for the sheer menial-ness of such a statement but what can I say, I’m feeling very thankful for the small things in life right now. The difference in a well used toothbrush head and a fresh out of the packet head is really rather something and my gnashers are very happy when the update comes along.

3. I’m not sure there is anything better to kick start your day then waking up to blue skies! Especially at this time of year when we’re often greeted with darkness or in the case of Manchester… RAIN! But as I woke this morning and the skies were completely blue and without a single cloud (although it was ABSOLUTELY FREAKING BALTIC) it instantly made me feel happier about it being Monday. In that case I’m thankful for fresh, sunny days, my favourite kind of weather.

BLAZER- NEW LOOK, TOP- MANGO, SKIRT- MONKI, NECKLACE- OLD CELINE (SIMILAR HERE), BOOTS- JOSEPH VIA THE OUTNET, BAG- c/o MARC JACOBS

4. I couldn’t EVER do this style of blogpost without discussing how truly thankful I am every single day for my dogs Peter & Nancy. I’ve mentioned in a similar style of post before how one of the most special of small things is being greeted by them every time I walk through the door. And whilst that is still the most special part of my day, one of the latest small things that I truly appreciate from them, particularly Nancy is there love of a warm radiator.
If you follow me or those guys on Instagram (yes they are dogs and they do have their own Instagram account) then you might be aware of Nancy’s infatuation with a warm radiator (see this photo here). Her new favourite place to sit is wedged between the back cushions of the sofa with her head lying on the radiator, it’s the most adorable thing I have EVER EVER EVER seen and it truly brings me so much joy whenever I SEE IT.

5. Next we have clothing. Clothing is, as expected a huge part of my life yet lately I’ve been a bit bogged down by it all. It’s got a lot to do with having been educated in sustainability and eco-friendly clothing options and how I’ve tried to make a change in my buying habits and the way in which I share said buying habits with you guys. I must admit I feel a little guilty every time I purchase something new, which is understandable but totally silly as I’m shopping less frequently than ever before and that in itself is a step in the right direction.
Despite feeling a little out of sorts with all things shopping, I must admit that I broke my spending ban for two HUGE voids within my wardrobe and picked up a new black coat and a pair of washed black straight leg jeans.
Yep, they’re both black and therefore absolute styling essentials, something I’m going to get SO much wear out of for many seasons to come. I didn’t have a single black coat (how ridiculous) and my black jeans were starting to resemble that of pedal pushers which wasn’t the desired look. So since updating my wardrobe with two staples such as this I feel totally rejuvenated once more. I think it’s quite normal to feel in a bit of a style rut at this time of year but I can safely see that I’ve come out the other side now and yes I had to purchase something to make me feel better, but hey I’m not going to be looked down upon for buying a staple black coat and jeans combo. So, here’s to that small mini buzz of buying something new and feeling like yourself again a small thing yes, but something that makes a HUGE difference to your self esteem.
And if that doesn't work an A-line skirt and knee boot combination such as the outfit featured here is always a failsafe small thing in my world.

6. Now for something totally menial once again, ‘cause why not this post aint called “The small things in life” for nothing. Freshly Zo’Flo’d floors, who’s with me? Fellow Mrs Hinch fans or just general lovers of cleaning will know where I’m coming from when I say how wonderful it feels to have a home that smells like sweet, sweet Zoflora. If you’re yet to try it, it’s basically a concentrated disinfectant that smells utterly incredible; we use it for quite a few things around the house but my favourite and the most noticeable is when you use a cap full in your mop bucket for wooden floors throughout the house. The scent is so beautiful and it really leaves the house feeling SO freaking fresh, I bloody love it!... And now I must get back to my knitting...

7. If you’ve been reading along here for a wee while you’ll know that I’ve had a bit of a battle with my skin for the past couple of years. Having had really perfect skin all my life it really through me off kilter when I developed mild adult acne when I hit 25. For the past two years I’ve stripped back my skincare to the simplest of routines, seen numerous dermatologists, and was even prescribed antibiotics all of which did absolutely nothing for my skin. I ruled out various food groups, I took all the right vitamins and supplements, eliminated all oil-based products and gave my skin more make-up free days than it’s had in a really long time. Nothing seemed to be working and it truly knocked my confidence, I’ve been a little out of sorts for the past two years and I feel a huge contributor to this has been my skin and being extremely self conscious about it.

In the past few months something has shifted and the breakout days are few and far between and I’ve got my glow back, PRAISE THE LORD! My skin is better than it has been in a really long time and I’m finally getting my confidence back. Now don’t get me wrong I still have the odd breakout but the majority of mornings I am greeted with clear and glowing skin when I wake up and that is the best kind of small thing EVER! I have a couple of hero products that I believe have contributed to this new lease of skin-life so do stay tuned in the next week or so to hear what they are.

8. A personal 2019 goal that I’ve set for myself is to read 12 books in 12 months. We’ve not even finished with January yet and I’ve successfully finished two books HURRAH! The feeling of accomplishment I get once I have finished a book is one of life’s small wins and I freaking love it! I’m well on my way into book number three and once I’ve read five, you can bet your bottom dollar that they’ll be a new bookclub blogpost coming right atcha.

9. And last but certainly no means least a new small thing in life that makes me feel flipping bad ass is having an empty inbox, who’s with me!
I’ve not had an empty inbox in around about a year now, seriously! I always check my emails every day but naturally there are those emails that I put off answering or simply mark as unread for the next time I get 5 minutes to reply and in-turn the inbox continues to tot-up.
Throughout January I’ve been ON IT and the inbox has remained under 10 unread emails for the majority of the month, having emptied it THREE times entirely. Yep, certainly a small one, but a small one that makes me feel like I finally have my shit together.

Right there we go, 9 of life’s small things that I’m feeling extremely grateful for right now! I’d love to hear if you can relate to feeling this type of gratitude to any number of the small things listed above and I’d of course love to hear any of your small things that make a BIG difference in the comments below.
One more small thing, that I’ve mentioned countless time before but I'll say it anyway, is you lot. Chatting with you in the comments of these blogposts or my YouTube videos or over on Instagram no matter how big or small that may seem is one of the highlights of my job. It brings me such joy to feel like I’m really getting to know you guys in the comments of my content and when I see the same names cropping up time and time again it really does fill me with so much joy! You lot are awesome. So with that I hope to see you in the comments and as always I can’t wait to chat with you.

x M

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Good day everyone, I hope you’re all doing swimmingly and you’re excited for the weekend ahead.
I thought today I'd do a little focus piece on Saturday by Megan Ellaby, my new clothing line which is naturally my most proud of achievements! I am SO thrilled with how it's all gone and how much you guys are loving it! It fills my heart with joy every time I see one of you rocking my designs, it's honestly one of the most surreal feelings ever.
So with that and with a short while since I last spoke about it I thought it would be nice to share with you three ways in which I have styled the three remaining Saturday styles. The Rainbow Stripe has sadly sold out along with the very popular Pink Star Arm, which is coming back in February so do stay tuned or sign up to our newsletter for more information on exact dates and timings etc if you’re one of the many people who are desperate to get your hands on it!

First up a little background on the three styles within this post.
We have Pop Of Colour which is back for the third time having already sold out twice! Absolutely crazy news but I am not overly surprised to be honest as it’s such a great classic and versatile piece with that ever so slight touch of fun with the handwritten, rainbow Pop Of Colour embroidery to the breast. As is with all the knitwear it is 100% merino wool so incredibly soft and snuggly and a piece that will stand the test of time should you care for it correctly. We then have the Well Good Knit which, you guessed is WELL GOOD! A gorgeous high neck knit in a delicious burnt orange shade with the very British saying, well good embroidered on the front. It’s a phrase that is extremely prevalent within my vocabulary and I know the vocabulary of many of you too. It’s a fun, tongue in cheek piece but a piece that is really, super easy to wear due to it’s gorgeous neutral shade.
And finally the Oh So knit, the boldest of the bunch in a gorgeous cobalt blue shade with raspberry intarsia slogan on the front and the back.
I really wanted a front and back panel slogan as I just think this is really fun and a little bit different to the norm- it was important for me to get this just right so we ensured the most technical of methods was used to ensure the finish was as neat and as perfect as possible. This is such a fun colour to work into your wardrobe and I’m really enjoying styling it up with various different pieces and seeing how you guys are rocking it too. It’s a colour that works so beautifully with all skin tones and hair colours and a piece that can really transform both casual and dressier get-ups as you'll see throughout this post.

 

Now Pop Of Colour was a fave amongst you lot and I can totally understand why, it’s versatile and a bit of a classic with it’s navy shade. This one is particularly easy to style and to be honest would work with every single one of the looks featured within this post; However I tend to rock this one with a simple pair of light wash denim jeans. It’s my go-to for lazy days at home with the pups, or days when I’m knee deep in my to-do list! Most of my outerwear works wonders with this piece and of course I had to add a little bit of interest with a wool bucket hat, an accessory I’m still getting to grips with but an accessory I love nonetheless

Here I’m rocking the Pop Of Colour knit with a pair of yellow snake print flares that I picked up whilst in New York in August from Urban Outfitters. They’re such a fabulous pair of jeans with a seriously strong silhouette that works to elongate to the max! The yellow shade compliments the yellow within the rainbow embroidery but I of course had to add a further pop of colour with a rainbow snake belt and my chunky Gucci boots with their divine red laces. A faux fur bomber in the same navy shade works wonders too to add further interest to the look.

And finally, a snow appropriate get up featuring a heck load of red. Red has long been a favourite colour of mine to wear and it’s a colour I can’t help but go OTT with as you can see from this look with the fluffy Topshop coat and Weekday jeans combination. Throwing in yet more rainbow to compliment the handwritten Pop Of Colour embroidery with this Warehouse scarf which was a gorgeous Christmas gift from my best friend Lennie. Matching socks is of course something I’m all about and when paired with my fave trainers it’s the perfect finishing touch to this rather layered winter look.

Now we have the Well Good knit, as I said it’s a super versatile little baby and I find I’m reaching for it so much throughout these colder months.
Firstly I’m rocking it in a rather tonal fashion; Tone-on-tone styling is a big one for SS19 and something I find rather easy to do with items I already have hiding in my wardrobe. The Well Good knit combined with an old pair of rather fabulous contrast stitch jeans by Topshop in the same hue really work to elongate the body and draw the eye down to a pair of totally awesome Gucci Boots (a firm favourite footwear choice for me right now) The look is completed with my #number1 coat option, a piece that as i've discussed before, threw me off a little bit when I first picked it up, but a coat that I’m reaching for on most days as it now makes me feel great!

Next is a rather casual look and one you can often find me wearing at the weekend for long dog walks in the park. The beauty of merino wool is that it keeps you warm when you’re cold and cool when you’re warm, a very clever material indeed. As it’s bloody freezing right now it’s been the perfect base layer to my layered looks, as you can clearly see here as I’ve gone HAM on the layers with a grey menswear hoodie and my beloved Miu Miu varsity jacket that I bagged in the January sales back in early 2018. Paired back with jeans and a beanie and a good ole pair of walking boots by Acne Studios and the Well Good knit has been transformed into the most casual of pieces.

Typically, here we have a little 1960's inspired number using the high neck knit to the fullest. I've layered it underneath yet another piece of knitwear and then thrown a teddy coat over the top.
This is my go-to look for styling both the Well Good and Pop Of Colour knits, it just feels right y'know!? The knits tuck seamlessly into little mini skirts such as this leather number by Ganni and of course my absolute FAVOURITE knee boots that I bagged on The Outnet by Joseph!
I've also very accidentally styled up another tonal look (whoops) If it aint broke and all that hey? 

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First up, thanks so much for all your wonderful feedback in last Tuesday’s blogpost. It seems we’re all on the same wave length with what we like and don’t like about blogs and meganellaby.com in particular so I’m thrilled to bits, meganellaby.com 4.0 will be coming very very soon! I can’t believe this is my 4th tweak to this little space, time really does fly! From blogspot and a very questionable blog name (hands up who was here back then!?), to pagesbymegan and finally a move over to WordPress and to meganellaby.com, I’m excited for a new chapter and to really have some fun with this space from here on out.

Changes have happened all over the show lately and I’m really enjoying it. It’s been just over a year since we moved out of the city centre and away from our drop dead gorgeous Northern Quarter apartment. If you weren’t here back then let me describe it for you; a renovated old mill in the centre of the “cool” part of town with bare brick, steel beams, a walk in wardrobe and furnished to perfection by the landlord with reclaimed wood EVERYTHING! It was the dreamiest first home for George and I and we made a heck load of memories for the two years we were there. Moving to that flat was a big move for both of us, we both decided to give up on London to be closer to our families and for a slightly slower pace of life (oh how wrong we were!) I left my job as a stylist at ASOS to pursue my blog full time and it was a pretty scary leap of faith we both took.
That being said, it felt like the right move as soon as we were in our dreamy little city centre flat, everything began to fall into place, I had time to focus fully on my blog, I started my YouTube channel, something I’d wanted to do for years previous and George and his family opened the doors to the very successful bar and music venue Jimmy’s. We have a lot to thank 23 and 25 year old Megan and George for, they were quite the risk takers and thankfully we can both safely say that those risks paid off.

It was a big decision for us both to give up life in London but when we really discussed it, family was more important than anything a career in London could give us. I’ve discussed the whole North vs South debate in a blogpost before and having just read over it again I still completely agree with everything I said! If you fancy checking it out and basically hearing the pro’s of moving up North and pursuing a creative career then simply click here.
But now, a year on since having moved to the suburbs of Manchester from a renovated, industrial and super cool city centre apartment to a Victorian terrace house I wanted to be slightly more specific and discuss the pro’s and con’s of moving to the suburbs from a bustling city centre, ‘cause let me tell you, it is quite the adjustment. I thought now was the perfect time to do this as I feel a lot of people my age are moving from city centre’s around the country and opting for quieter suburban life. And if that’s not quite the case for you, I know a lot of you live in smaller towns and suburbs so I hope you can relate to both the pro’s and the con’s of this kind of living.

I’ve quickly scrawled a list of pro’s and con’s for living in the suburbs down on paper and thankfully the pro’s completely outweigh the con’s so thats reassuring hey!? But let me get cracking in further detail.

So first up we have the whole space factor. Naturally when you move your life from a one-bedroom flat to a 4 bedroom house you’re going to have a lot more space for both living and for all the crap you accumulate throughout life. This is a HUGE one for both of us as we’d manage to collate a rather ridiculous amount of clothes, furniture, vinyls, books and decorative items in the two years that we were in the flat- A flat that seemed massive at first but we quickly filled out.
And of course after over a year of being in our house, we’ve certainly filled it up and turned it from a house and into our home but it’s naturally more spaced out as we have many more rooms. I remember when we first moved into this place, it was really surreal and we both wandered around the house expressing “I can’t believe this is ours” and “How on earth are we going to fill it” and low and behold it is now filled, almost to the brim, but with regular clear outs and seasonal change ups it’s still a space we are growing in to and that is the biggest pro of all.
We’re not sure whether this will be a house for life but we’ve bloody enjoyed growing into it over the last year.

HAT- ASOS, COAT- c/o NEXT, TOP- TOPSHOP (similar), BELT- TOPSHOP, TROUSERS- TOPSHOP, TRAINERS- BALENCIAGA, BAG- LOEWE, PINKY RING- c/o ROCK n ROSE, HEART RING- TUZA JEWELLERY, LOVE BRACELET- CHLOE (old), GOLD CHAIN BRACELET- c/o MONICA VINADER, FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS- MONICA VINADER

Whilst I love the hustle and bustle of city life there really is nothing quite like escaping the centre after a busy day of work and returning to the peace and quiet of the suburbs. Now don’t get me wrong we don’t live in the countryside, in fact it’s just a 20 minute drive from the centre of Manchester but the difference I feel is always so peaceful. We have a park on our doorstep which is totally dreamy and we live on a really quiet street so it’s great for rebalancing, for clearing my mind and escaping the craziness of the city.
Living just a short drive away from Manchester is great as it means we can pop in and out of the centre as often as we like but it has taken some adjusting for the both of us I must say.
We lived in the centre before, surrounded by our favourite cafe’s and bars (directly behind Jimmy’s might I add) and just a 5 minute walk from all the best shops and to the train station at Piccadilly. So now when I want to pop into town it’s less of a pop and more of a strategic plan.

Whether it’s avoiding rush hour (absolute nightmare and HUGE con of working in the city and living in the suburbs but such is life!), timings for transport such as booking taxi’s or getting Manchester’s tram service with enough time to make my train to London, it’s all a bit more of a blag as it has to be considered and timed to perfection. It’s not a huge issue and now I’m totally used to it but at first it was really tricky.

When I first moved into this house I felt completely out of the loop. In fact the blogpost that went out a year ago to this day and the one before it explains how I was feeling exactly that, completely and utterly out of the loop. One of my lovely readers, Hannah, mentioned how she felt the same when she left Manchester for the suburbs and it filled me with ease. She spoke about how she challenged herself to make the effort to get back into the centre to socialise and to just wander about town on her lunch break in order to reconnect with the city and all that was a part of it. This little nugget of wisdom really helped me to find my groove again amidst the dreariness that is January and moving into a new place. So yeah, I guess you could say that feeling disconnected and out of the loop with your former life is a con of moving to the suburbs but now I’m on the other side, I see it as more of a pro. I’m now excited to get into the city, to submerge myself with the culture of Manchester, observe the street style, try out the latest brunch joint and grab a beer with friends after work. It’s forced me to make more of an effort with myself and I know that when I’m feeling a bit low, popping into town for an hour or so or even for a full days work is a surefire way to make me feel myself again.

And finally we have the huge pro of renovating a property. I’ve absolutely adored doing up our first house with George, it’s been so much fun to create a home that is completely ours from top-to-toe and that in itself is worth every low point and any FOMO of the life we used to lead in the centre of town. I’ve discovered a huge passion for interior design, something that has always been there bubbling on the surface but now has become a key part of my life and something I’d really like to explore further in the future. Whilst I miss the original features of our city centre flat such as the bare brick and the beams, they’ve been replaced with other original features such as coving, tiles and woodwork, it’s just a different kind of original.

All in all moving to the suburbs in your mid-twenties isn’t quite as scary as I first thought it would be. It took some adjusting and before that some persuading by George as I simply didn’t feel ready to give up city living, but one year on I can’t imagine life being any other way. I adore our house, the town we live in, the passion I’ve developed for interior design and of course we have our puppies Peter and Nancy two MASSIVE pro’s of moving to the suburbs and owning your own property. I hope this has been useful to some of you and that when the time comes to growing up and moving somewhere leafy, it doesn’t feel half as scary as you thought it would.
And if you still weren't convinced, since writing this last week, strangely Liv Purvis has wrote a beautiful piece all about growing up and living in the suburbs so do check that out too.

Lets chat about it in the comments, do you agree with everything I’ve listed? Where are you at in the whole city vs suburbs debate? Or perhaps you have some strong thoughts about the whole North vs South thang, I’m keen to hear it all.
I’m also really interested in learning about what kind of interiors and home-life blogposts you’d be interested in reading so if you have any ideas, please do leave them below.

x M

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I thought I'd start utilising some of the gorgeous images that I shoot in more spotlight specific posts. Once a blogpost has been and gone it seems such a shame that those images are lost to the vast abundance of blogposts I've written in the last six years. So here we have the first in that style of post, today I'm looking at the best high street bags that are on the market right now.
I must admit that throughout the time I've been buying my own clothing, high street handbags have always left me a little underwhelmed which I think is where my love for luxury handbags has come from. However, very recently I've seen a shift in what the high street has to offer when it comes to arm candy and I've found I'm investing less in luxury bags in favour of a high street inspired and lets face it, purse friendly option.
Last summer saw the start of this and it followed me into the colder months too so I thought I'd share with you my favourite spots for shopping high street handbags including some of my faves on the market right now. As long as you do your research beforehand I think it's really easy to shop a designer inspired piece on the high street, for example the bags of the moment are either monogrammed, beaded, perspex or checked and the high street have certainly picked up on that as you'll see from my picks below. I hope you enjoy this post, do let me know your thoughts as always.

x M

Topshop

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SKINNYDIP LONDON

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ASOS

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ZARA

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