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I feel like 2017 has come and gone int he blink of an eye, and thats probably because I packed so much into it I didn’t even realise how fast it was going! From passing my A levels to getting my first job, heres 17 good things that happened to me in 2017…

  1. I visited London twice, once in February to see the building from ‘The Halcyon’ and once in November to see the building from ‘Kingsman’.

    2. I threw a hot tub party for my 18th birthday.

    3. I visited New York and had my first broadway show, my first time in a helicopter and my first time doing virtual reality.

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4. I Visited San Fransisco and explored Alcatraz.

5. I visited LA and took a tour of Warner Brother’s Studios

6. I finished my America trip in Las Vegas and saw the famous sign.

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7. I took a short ferry break to Amsterdam with my family.

8. After literally years of never being fully satisfied with my blog and not having my own domain, I took the leap to self hosted and bought a GORGEOUS theme from pip dig. I’m so happy I invested time, effort and money wisely into my blog because it was SO satisfying seeing it finally come together ready for me to fill with posts.

9. I had the honour of having my tweet read out live on ‘This Morning’ by the national treasure that is Philip Schofield!!

10. After two years of not liking college and struggling with my subjects, I managed to pass all three of my A levels.

11. I explored more of the UK and visited Cambridge, The Farne Islands, Blackpool and took my first ever girls trip to Alton Towers with my oldest friends from school and had my first ever legal drink whilst I was there! I became more proud of my photos each visit and the ones from Blackpool Zoo have become my favourite photos to date.

12. I enjoyed a reeeeally chilled five days in Majorca.

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13. I got a Cineworld Unlimited card and went to see over 30 films with my best friend Lucy- my personal faves include ‘Kingsman The Golden Circle’, ‘Flatliners’ and ‘The Greatest Showman’- and discovered some TV shows I absolutely love including ‘The Good Place’, ‘Riverdale’ and ‘Peaky Blinders’.

14. After months of trying, 150+ applications, a walk around town handing my CV to anyone who’d take it and a horrific trial as a pot washer, I FINALLY got my first ever job at The Body Shop! It was the one I was reeeally hoping to get as I was a big fan of the brand myself so I was absolutely over the moon when I got a call to say I’d got the position!

15. I went to the theatre to see ‘The Addams Family Musical’, ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘Elf The Musical’.

16. After discovering Muchelleb’s channel in early 2017, my whole year changed for the better and I took more time for self development and self care. I got more organised and minimal and rediscovered my love for pamper nights and baths.

17. I’ve never, ever seen any hobby through till the end, but this year I completed a film academy course at the British Film Institute despite considering not going back after the first day. I’m so proud of myself for going back week after week and pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

I’m so happy with everything I experienced and achieved in 2017 and with two trips already booked for January alone I have no doubt 2018 will be even better!

What was your best experience of 2017?

Megan x

Christmas is well and truly over and even though its no longer acceptable to eat cheese and advent calendar chocolate for breakfast, I still have a little bit of festive spirit in me, so I thought I’d pass it on and share with you some of the gifts I was lucky enough to receive this year.

I’d had my eye on this DotCreates blog planner during the run up to Christmas so I was very pleased to receive it from my parents. Although it does have week by week reviews, I’m more excited to use the blog post/youtube video planning pages since they’re multi purpose and have all the baby steps needed to produce a good post already printed in a checklist for you! blog planner outside (1 of 1)

After seeing this mug on countless blogger’s Instagrams, I couldn’t resist asking for it for Christmas. Although I do drink a LOT of tea this will mainly be used as a photo prop and will hopefully up my own Instagram game!little miss blogger mug (1 of 1).jpg

I always love receiving Soap and Glory products at Christmas and this year was no exception. Theres just something so satisfying of having a full co-ordinating set of products from the same range and this year I was lucky enough to receive two!soap and glory 2 (1 of 1)You’d think that after working at The Body Shop for two months I’d be sick of the sight of their products but I’ve been a loyal fan of their Vitamin E for a long time now and it never fails me. My grandparents always ask me to pick my own gifts, so I chose a set including cleanser, toner, day cream and night cream so I had a full skincare set to kick off my new year with.vitamin E (1 of 1)vitamin creams (1 of 1)

I featured the Girlboss Workbook in my Christmas Wishlist and even though my Mam had already told me she’d got me it months before Christmas, it still came as a surprise when I opened it. I didn’t want to rush it and not take in all its valuable information, so I waited till I had a good chunk of time and settled down to fill it out with a cup of tea. I actually only got half way through and I’ve already got so much practical advice from it like cover letter writing and job interview tips. I absolutely love how unique it is and I could definitely do with some more resources like it in my life! girlboss workbook (1 of 1).jpg

I’m so grateful for everything I received, I’d love to know the best present you were gifted this year in the comments!

Megan x

The last two months of 2017 were very busy for me, so my blog took a bit of a backseat which is why this post is coming to you so late. Never the less, I thought I’d still document  what the end of the year entailed for me so I have something to look back on.

November

November started with a Harry Styles concert on the very first day, which was a very nice way to kick off the month. There was a point in my early teenage years when I was going to concerts once a month, but now at eighteen I go to a lot less and, truth be told, general admission events give me a lot of anxiety. Don’t get me wrong, I still absolutely love being in a live crowd once I’m there and have my bearings, but the lead up to Harry’s concert did make me nervous. When I got there, instead of an anxiety filled night, I actually experienced the most chill concert I’ve ever been to. We got there in no rush, found a quiet merch stall and bar upstairs, and then settled ourselves at the very back of the venue, which actually proved to have an amazing view since we were in a theatre and the floor was raised. We had enough room to sit down whilst we waited for Harry, a wall to lean back on, a place to put our drinks and bags and to top it all of we were right next to the women toilets. I didn’t feel any pressure to sing every word of every song or record the whole thing- in fact I think I took one photo and one video the whole night- I just enjoyed it and relaxed. I’m really hoping for more concerts like that in the future!IMG_3141

I also visited London and saw the real life tailor shop ‘Kingsman’ was filmed at, which was definitely a highlight of the year!

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As well as all of that, I started my Christmas temp job at The Body Shop during the first week of November and was given more hours than I expected, which wasn’t a bad thing since my contract was only for two months and I wanted to save as much as possible. That did mean that the main focus for the month was work so I didn’t really do much else apart from a LOT of cinema visits. vitamin E (1 of 1)

December

December was another work-filled month, but I did make time to visit Manchester to see ‘Elf The Musical’ which was absolutely INCREDIBLE! The Lowry was an amazing venue, Ben Forster put on an amazing performance as Buddy and I’ve been listening to the soundtrack ever since. I even rewatched it three times after it had been shown on Channel 5!elf (1 of 1)

Christmas rolled around very quickly, I had a lovely time with my family and ended the year with a chilled New Year’s Eve- a great end to a great year.

Last Months Goals

I’m glad to say I achieved both goals of ‘Put in as many work hours as I can’ and ‘Start planning for new year’ I set myself for November, but the goal of ‘Post to my blog and YouTube once a week’ failed miserably because of work commitments and the general busyness of the festive season. I wasn’t worrying about it too much though, I decided since I was only at work for two months it took president over everything else and I didn’t want to put too much on myself and enter 2018 frazzled and stressed.

What we’re your best bits of November/December? Leave a comment and let me know! Megan x

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Blogosphere Subscription // I Can Do This Blog Planner // Little Miss Blogger Mug // Girlboss Workbook // Shower Cap // Dressing Gown // Loungewear Set // PINK Sherpa Quarter Zip // Silk Pillow // Diptyque Candle

HAPPY DECEMBER EVERYBODY! I’m sure you’re all as excited as I am about the first day of Blogmas, I’m so happy I’ll have new posts to read everyday whilst I snuggle up with my tree lights on! To start the month off, I thought I’d share with you whats on my list this year and hopefully get you into the festive spirit.

This year I finally gave blogging a proper go and found Blogosphere magazine to be SO helpful, which is why I’ve asked for a subscription for Christmas. I love the thought of receiving a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year and its something I can genuinely put to good use and enjoy, rather than throw away during a February spring clean. Plus, for just £30 you get four very high quality magazines, which means if you’re a fellow blogger stuck to what to ask for, its perfect to mention to your family to avoid those gift cards you probably don’t want and won’t use!

Another useful gift I’ve asked for its the ‘I Can Do This’ blog planner from Dot Creates, which includes pages to plan blog posts and YouTube videos as well as social media trackers, perfect for planning and organising all of my content in one place. I’ve never had a dedicated blog planner before so needless to say if I find this under my tree on Christmas Day I’ll be very excited!

To round off the blog themed gifts I’ve asked for, I’ve included the ‘Little Miss Blogger’ mug on my list. It’ll serve as a great blog prop and I’ll feel like an official blogger when I’m scrolling through Pinterest drinking my tea in it!

Fourth on my list is the Girlboss Workbook which I’ve been absolutely dying to get my hands on since I listened to the original Girlboss book! The workbook is like a wreck this journal for women who want to get sh*t done and includes everything from a CV template to advice on disarming people. Its also only £7.99, meaning its not a huge thing to ask for from family members or friends but its very useful and productive.

One thing I’ve been needing for months now is a shower cap and when I saw this cupcake one I couldn’t resist putting it on my list. Its a novelty gift but practical at the same time, and at just £5 its perfect to ask for or give as a stocking filler.

Moving from productivity to comfort, next on my list is this grey dressing gown from Topshop, the same one I’ve received for the last two christmases. Its one of the softest things I’ve ever worn but by August I’ve worn it so much its no longer like being in a fleecy cocoon, so I’m really hoping I receive another one this Christmas!

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Another gift I’ve asked for from Topshop is this set of ‘supersoft lounge wear’. I’ve also received this before but in a different print and a year later they’re still one of the best pairs of pyjamas I own. They’re slightly on the pricey side but they’re really high quality, and if you’re like me and spend 80% of your life in pjs you’ll definitely get a lot of ware out of them.

Incase it isn’t clear to anyone how much I LOVE comfy clothes, I’ve included this PINK Sherpa Quarter Zip on my list. Getting anything from Victoria’s Secret always feels like a luxury and I can’t quite justify the £75 price tag for this unless its a special occasion like Christmas, so I’m hoping the big mans feeling generous this year!

The next thing I’ve asked for is a silk pillow case which is also a bit of a luxury. Having suffered with bad skin for years I’m intrigued as to whether this will actually make a lot of difference, and if it doesn’t, getting out of a bath and resting my head on silk will definitely add a little something extra to my pamper nights.

Finally on my list is a Diptyque candle. After watching SunBeamJess talk about them all the time in her videos, I’ve been wanting to add a touch of luxury to my ever growing candle collection. At £25, the candle would be such a special gift to receive and would definitely be saved for special occasions!

That concludes my Christmas wish list for this year! I’d love to know what you’re asking for, is it anything included in this post? Let me know in the comments below! Megan x