Hi, Hey, Howdy, HELLO!
It's been bloody ages, well 3.5 weeks to be precise, how the devil are you?
I'm just back from an incredible 10 days in the Maldives and I can't quite express to you just how fabulous it was. Hopefully you've been keeping up-to-date over on my Instagram but we got back just over a week ago and it was quite possibly the most relaxing and certainly the most needed break of both mine and George's lives. I didn't plan any content to go live whilst I was away as I wanted to completely switch off without the pressure of shouting about a new post or video, so, naturally once I returned home I had to get out shooting right away... Whilst my tan was still intact ofc.
And here we are, a brand new style post featuring what I reckon is the first spring-esque look of the season for meganellaby.com HURRAH! I thought we'd just have a little chin wag today and simply catch up as it's really been an awful long time since I put my fingers to keyboard and just waffled on to you lovely lot, and I must say I've missed it... A lot!
I've really been enjoying chatting with you all in the comments lately, it feels like we're pals catching up and I'm desperate to get that back again so do swing by the comments section and let me know whats new!
Speaking of whats new, how bloody fabulous is it that spring seems to have finally made an appearance here in the UK! I'm utterly shocked that it's taken so damn long BUT alas it seems it may have finally arrived with us! I'm loving the fact that baring my legs and my all new tan isn't quite as painful as I thought it would be and that I can finally inject some of the spring trend goodness into my day-to-day get ups. However, I'm not quite enjoying how dusty my house seems to be when the spring sunlight streams through my windows... I think a good spring clean is in order hey!
So yeah, the outfit, lets talk about that for a second hey!
It has got to be one of my faves in a while, but then again I always say that when a new season comes along. It's such a good feeling to be able to wear something different to what you've been wearing for the past 6 months isn't it! I'm SO done with knitwear, with coats and with layers. I'm SO done with hiding a perfectly fabulous outfit under a mountain of wool! I'm SO ready to let my outfits sing loud and sing proud and this little Topshop number was the first to do just that.
I'm SUCH a sucker for suiting, it's absolutely no secret whatsoever, but one thing I have never tried out before (I'm ashamed to say) is a skirt suit. I've always been one for a skirt too, so it's baffling to me that it's taken me so long to combine two of my most favourite pieces in one coordinating look.
This particular baby is a somewhat tweed/boucle hybrid with frayed sleeves, big chunky tortoise shell buttons and is cut to sheer perfection. It's a bit of a Mary Quant meets Queen Elizabeth duo and I'm really, really into it! The blazer is somewhat relaxed and a touch oversized (I got my usual size of an 8) so it hangs really beautifully on the body and sits perfectly on the hemline of the skirt. I'm also thinking that this baby would be the perfect Spring coverup to team with a pair of straight leg or even flared jeans to get ample styling opportunities out of it.
The skirt, in true Megan style is ever-so slightly A-line in shape and is the absolute perfect length for me and my 5ft4 legs.
Accessories wise I could not wait to bust out the new Anya Hindmarch Chubby Bag to share with you all, isn't it the most fabulously fun and unusual piece you've ever laid eyes on!? It was a really generous gift from the AH team and I've been really enjoying experimenting with it as it's such a fun piece. The colour is really rather sensational especially when combined with the coral heart pendant; the perfect accessory to compliment the striped rainbow tee, again by Topshop.
And, as for the boots, well I have to say, these babies take the prize for the most bad ass heeled ankle boots EVER! They feature a square toe, a super shiny patent leather, a high leg shaft and an insane inverted heel, I am honestly in LOVE! And, despite the heel height being pretty high, they're the comfiest heeled boots I've ever worn, mainly due to the really squishy leather! The sock-esque patent leather is super flattering on the leg and I feel that combined with the heel height and of course an all new tan, they work to make my legs look that little bit longer... RESULT!
So thats the outfit all rounded up and tied with a bow, now I wanted to discuss the importance of taking a holiday and how much I really bloody needed it.
I'm a super positive and generally happy person but I didn't start 2018 in a very good place. I was down in the dumps, a little lost with what I was doing, not sure where I was heading and whether I wanted to head in that direction at all. I was uninspired, demotivated and felt like every day was groundhog day. I'd received a tiny bit of negativity online, my first since I began and I didn't deal with it all that well. Rather than being my usual sassy self and saying "fuck em" I lost myself to their lies, doubting myself and decided to just stop altogether.
All in all it's safe to say that I needed some time out. I needed to stop everything for a week or two and to really evaluate what I was doing, what I loved so much about it and get back to my positive mental attitude, something I knew was still in there somewhere.
I had plenty of thinking time whilst I was away and I can safely say I'm back to my "fuck em" mentality when it comes to online meanies and I'm feeling SO good about what I'm doing, what I'm creating, who I am and what I want to be.
I've always known how important it is to take some time out, and I've always championed you guys to do the same, but somewhere along the way, with both George and I simultaneously working on our businesses, we lost the down time and were in-turn a little burnt out. So, the moral of the story is, take some time away from EVERYTHING and everyone. Get lost in a good book or 5 (book reviews coming v soon), switch off and do something for the soul, you'll be back on top form in no time I promise.
So with my mini hiatus, I'm back and feeling much better about each and every little thing. My time in the Maldives was just the ticket to bring my sparkle back and now I need your help. I want to know what you like about my blog, my Instagram and my YouTube channel. I'd love to hear if theres anything you'd like to see more of or if there is anything you'd like me to give a whirl.
I LOVE writing so much, especially thought provoking, honest pieces, however I think I was putting too much pressure on myself to create something of that ilk every week. If it's alright by you, I'm going to take things back to basics and just chat with you guys as and when I fancy. Lets chat clothes, homeware, puppies, beauty, love, music and everything in between and lets do it for the love of it, not because we feel forced to. I'm bringing the fun factor back to my job, something I lost for a couple of months but something I'm SO excited to explore again.
Love you all lots, thanks for sticking with me for the past 5 years and thanks for letting me have some time out to just be me. I'm back and I'm ready for more!