Sunday, 23 November 2014

#AnthroDinnerParty COMPETITION!

Shirt, Trousers, Bag, Shoes, Earrings, Watch- All Anthropologie
Anthropologie is a brand that I have only recently (I know SHOCKER) taken any notice of. Will and I were wandering up Regents Street when we stumbled upon their store, and the rest, as they say, is history! I'm beyond obsessed! Regularly checking their website for the latest clothes, accessories and home-ware goodies, so when they challenged me to create my own perfect Dinner Party I jumped at the chance! So read on to hear more about my ideal dinner party and for the chance to win £100 worth of Anthropologie Vouchers!

So first up (above) we have what I would wear; as it's a dinner party i've gone for a smart casual vibe, a simple ombre denim shirt teamed with leather trousers, a combo that I seriously adore at this time of year. Topped off with some embroidered heels, a great way to add some colour to my look and complimenting my slim line watch of choice perfectly. As we're so close to Christmas I thought i'd get into the festive spirit with these statement earrings and must have accessory of the season with this faux fur handbag. This look is the perfect balance of smart/casual, the perfect hosting look, super cool yet rather comfortable and relaxed.

Table Cloth, Pie Dish, Plates, Vase, Goblets, Tumbler, Napkins, Table Runner- All Anthropologie
So for the dinner, I would set my table using a variety of textures, colours and prints to create a really fun and bright setting. If you have seen my flat tour post, you'll know that I like clashing colours and textures to create a really homely feel and thats exactly what I would do for my dinner party. I really love using a mix of crockery pieces so these plates are right up my street, I just adore the nature references and the super cute animal drawings. Sticking with the whole clashing vibe i've gone for a monochrome table cloth with a gorgeous crochet table runner and colourful patchwork napkins, just gorgeous!
I would serve a delicious, warming and hearty pie (one of my favourite foods in all the land) and serve it with a variety of seasonal greens and gravy. Red wine would be on tap and served into these gorgeous coloured glass goblets.

Initial Cushions, Fur Cushions, Tassle Cushions, Sofa, Throw, Initial Mugs, Floral Mugs, Lantern, Gold Candles, Coloured Candles, Initial Decorations, Pug Bauble, China Decorations- All Anthropologie
Similarly to my table settings my living room area is also awash with the most amazing textures and colours. After dinner I would bring my guests into the living room for after dinner coffees and chocolates whilst we lounged on the most beautiful sofa, scattered with a mix of cushions and a chunky throw. The room would be elegantly decorated with Christmas decorations and lit by the most beautifully smelling candles (if you've ever been inside an Anthropologie store, you'll know exactly what i'm talking about) The perfect ambiance and setting to chat, gossip and have a laugh with my nearest and dearest.

So thats my dream dinner party using a whole host of incredible Anthropologie pieces; what do you think? I hope i've inspired you with each of my mood boards, but thats not quite it... You can win £100 worth of Anthropologie vouchers by voting for my dinner party over on Twitter. All you have to do is tweet me @meganellaby or my blog name using the hashtag #AnthroDinnerParty to be voted into this exciting competition.

Good Luck

x M

Friday, 21 November 2014

A skin care product that you NEED!

So it's not often that I get THIS excited about a skin care product, but honestly i'm amazed. Since moving to London (coincidence or not I don't know) my skin has been playing havoc on my self esteem and confidence, just what I need when both of my jobs entail taking photographs of myself... Not cool.

My chin area has always been my problem area, and many people say this is hormonal, but honestly i'm not so sure. I've experienced a fair amount of stress and that, to me, is the only thing that has changed in the past 6 months of London living, but hey, who knows what's going on in there.

I've tried every lotion and every potion out there for combatting unruly skin but nothing has worked at getting rid of the pesky little sods for good... Until now.

Introducing Foreo, a deep, yet gentle cleansing tool that simply vibrates across your skin, freeing it of dirt, oil and makeup residue, it's that simple. After just one use my sister couldn't believe how clean my skin looked and within a week those spots on my chin had almost disappeared.
Now after 3 weeks of use, I cannot believe the transformation, my skin looks and feels incredible, much clearer, brighter and healthier and of course spot free.

I use the Foreo mini and find it so super easy to use; with just a squirt of my fave cleanser and some water the Foreo glides across my face, cleaning my pores of impurities to reduce blemishes. They're not exactly cheap, with the lowest price for the Foreo mini being £99, but as Christmas is coming up, if you suffer with troublesome skin I would deffo recommend dropping some not so subtle hints about this baby, I can honestly say that I would repurchase in a heartbeat!

Thank you Foreo, THANK YOU!

x M

Wednesday, 19 November 2014


Fedora- Topshop similar here & here, Jumper- c/o Boohoo, Necklace- c/o Mona Mara, Skirt- c/o Cow Vintage, Boots- ASOS similar here & here
On a freakishly warm October morning, that just so happened to be Will's 23rd birthday, we headed into central London for a day of fun. We ate, we shopped and we LOL'd in the sunshine, supping on some seriously great gins and just had an all round delightful day.

A day of frolicking, and the fact it was super duper warm for the final day of October, I opted for one last bare legged look for the year and naturally gravitated to this incredible A-line, leopard print skirt by the huns at Cow Vintage. It's such a great piece that looks brand spanking new; Oh how i'd love to know the story of it's previous owner(s)
Not wanting to be too silly, I teamed it with this super simple, yet super versatile fishermans knit by Boohoo and my trusty fedora and Chelsea boots... Purrrrfect.

x M

P.S apologies for how late this post is in comparison to when these were shot, I completely forgot about them... My baaad!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Wardrobe Staples with McArthurGlen

In addition to the uhhhmazing pieces that I purchased at Cheshire Oaks c/o McArthurGlen last week, I also indulged in some absolute essential staples with these super cool, minimal and down right comfortable Calvin's.

There's something really luxurious about slipping into a pair of simple undies, making you feel like you can take on the world, and who better than Mr Calvin Klein himself to make you feel amazing?

The fact I left the UHHHMAZING Calvin Klein outlet with only these pieces makes me feel rather proud, honestly, my mother had to physically restrain me from buying the whole shop!

x M

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Wardrobe Staples with McarthurGlen

 Look 1;

Blazer- French Connection @ McArthurGlen, Bag- Michael Kors @ McArthurGlen. Watch- Marc Jacobs via The Watch Station @ McArthurGlen, Trousers- Joseph @ McArthurGlen
Look 2;

Dress- French Connection @ McArthurGlen, Bag- Michael Kors @ McArthurGlen, Watch- Marc Jacobs via The Watch Station @ McArthurGlen

 Look 3;

Jumper- Fred Perry @ McArthurGlen, Trousers- Joseph @ McArthurGlen, Watch- Marc Jacobs via The Watch Station @ McArthurGlen
So as you may be able to see, or if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you'll know that on Thursday I took a trip up to Cheshire to visit one of the McArthurGlen Outlet Villages. Cheshire Oaks was a regular haunt of ours when we were younger, we'd visit around twice a year to get our fix of bargains so it really is a complete honour to be working with them on this post.

McArthurGlen Outlet villages are dotted up and down the country and house the likes of Burberry, Mulberry, Next, M&S and many, many more, of which you can see some of above or here. I was kindly given a rather generous gift voucher to spend on my wardrobe essentials to show you guys the kind of amazingness that lies at the McArthurGlen Villages.

So, for me staples usually revolve around 2 colours; black and navy, so I picked out a pair of black cigarette trousers from Joseph. The kind of trousers that when you slip them over your hips you know, that they're the ONE! The fit is just incredible and they're the type of trouser that I will wear day in, day out in so many different ways for many seasons to come, which is what staples are all about after-all.

I then sauntered across to French Connection which is always a highlight when visiting Cheshire Oaks where I bagged this incredible navy tuxedo jacket and stunning high neck sequin dress for £40 IN TOTAL; my Christmas party staples sorted right there.

Christmas party looks in the bag, I wanted to find an every day piece that I could work into a number of different looks for different occasions, so I made a bee line for Fred Perry.
The Fred Perry store in itself is enough a reason to take a visit to your nearest McArthurGlen village; full to the brim of incredible Perry classics at even better reduced prices. I picked up this beautiful, super fluffy V neck sweater by Amy Winehouse; just look at those bell sleeves... OBSESSED! A definite staple of mine that looks equally as good with jeans as it does with the above Joseph trousers.

Finally I topped off my capsule wardrobe with a classic cross body handbag by Michael Kors; an absolute steal at only £80 and a colour combination that you know I'm a sucker for, particularly when teamed with this silver Marc Jacobs watch from The Watch Station. I've been on the look out for the perfect mannish silver watch for some time now and am seriously over joyed that I now own this beauty.

I cannot recommend McArthurGlen enough if you're on the hunt for some new staples for your wardrobe and of course some serious bargains! You can find out where your nearest outlet village is here, trust me, you won't regret it.

What do you reckon to my staples? Any faves?

x M

Wednesday, 12 November 2014


Me: Jacket- c/o Superdry, Shirt- Uniqlo, Jumper- c/o Motel Rocks, Jeans- Topshop, Boots- ASOS
Will: Jacket- c/o Superdry, Jumper- Topman, Jeans- c/o Urban Outfitters, Boots- Fred Perry via ASOS
So this is one of my fave type of posts to do, as I get to feel less of a burke, in the street, posing away, as Will is by my side. Now, I know what you're thinking... "They wear matching outfits" now this is not the case and was very unintentional, only realising when we got back and took a nosey at the shots... Spending too much time together? Erm perhaps.

Anyway, lets talk about leather, a fabrication that I really truly love and something I believe is one of the best investments to make for your wardrobe.
I'm normally a sucker for a biker shape, but this time, both Will and I opted for Aviator jackets by Superdry with some seriously awesome faux fur and fleece collars.
Both myself and Will haven't taken these jackets off since they first arrived; such a perfect, versatile piece to work into your wardrobe, and as for the quality, by jove it's just to die for, well worth the investment if you ask me.

x M
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