Farewell to the summertime, or at least thats what it feels like right now as I type this sitting opposite my kitchen window with the rain pouring down, my dressing gown hood wrapped tightly around my face and my second cup of tea steaming next to me... Now if only I could locate my slippers...
I don't like to wish my life away but I have to say I've been really excited for the colder months.
I've never really been the best at styling myself for warm weather, and whilst I personally think I've gotten better and have found my groove with warm weather dressing, I still prefer winter styling ten fold. So whilst the rain can quite frankly do one, the cold, crisp mornings where the sun is shining, the leaves are falling and you can see your breath, oh baby I am ready for you!
How are you? How's your summer been? I've been a little quiet over here during the last couple of months 'cause honestly, I don't really have much to say. Life's so strange for us all right now isn't it, I'm still a little nervous about going out "willy nilly" the way I did pre pandemic so if I don't need to leave the house for anything or to clear my head (and boy does that need clearing often lately) I'm simply staying in, which tbh is driving me potty in parts but I guess we're all in that boat together aren't we.
How are you feeling towards the new guidelines, a step or two backwards that's for sure hey! Having George so heavily invested in the hospitality industry it's a hard pill to swallow but we are trying to be of the mindset that this rather strange and confusing "rule" is in place to help... If only it made a little more sense, what do you think about it all?
This summer was unlike any summer I've ever had before; and what's funny is that it was supposed to be unlike any summer I'd ever had before but for very different reasons. I was supposed to be getting married to the love of my life, we were going on honeymoon, watching our friends and loved ones also get married and we were set for a fun filled first summer in our house with milestone birthday plans for a couple of us. Instead we've all stayed home. Alone for the most part and yes it's sucked in places and been really bloody depressing in others, but it's certainly been a learning curve and in a way a chance to reset, recharge and realise exactly what is important in life.
I've appreciated a slower pace of life a lot more as I've gotten older but this forced slow down has really done me good and has made me realise what I want for my future. Having weekends that aren't always jam-packed and filled with plans has been somewhat refreshing and since we've been allowed to go out a little more, it's been nice to have spontaneous trips out, date nights, brunches and dinner dates with friends and family and being home by 10pm... Now more than ever hey!
I wrote a blogpost back in January about personal growth and how the term "you've changed" is thrown around as an insult too much. It's a term used to make people feel bad rather than to reflect and see how far they've come and I'm sure many of you can agree that we've all done a heck load of changing in 2020. Change that I see as a really great thing, a thing I'm personally super proud of and changes that makes me extremely excited for the future. Re-reading that blogpost now makes me chuckle a little bit 'cause I had no idea what changes were about to happen during the crazy rollercoaster ride that was 2020!
Sometimes you need that change be it forced or not to really make a difference. To learn, to grow and to realise exactly what you want from your short time on this planet and 2020 has really cemented that in place for me and I know for many others too. I hope that you've used this year for positive change, I'd love to hear about that if you have 🙂 I really do miss chatting with you here on my blog and it's something I need to get back to. Something I know I will get back to in time, but I've always been an advocate for quality over quantity when it comes to my work so bear with me whilst I get that quality back to a standard I'm super happy with, find the topics I want and feel confident to talk about and I guess whilst i find the inspiration for locations around my house and surrounding area as we stay home once again...
As we move into the winter months I'd love to hear more about the kind of blog posts you'd be keen to read from me. I have tonnes of trend, styling and general fashion chat up my sleeve as these colder months are my jam when it comes to personal style. But if there's anything outside of the fashion remit, perhaps ways to stay busy at home during these ever so uncertain winter months, or maybe some interiors chat (kitchen renovation is happening soon huzzzaaaaah) and everything in between, perhaps it's time for a new playlist? Yes I think thats a great idea, now off to Spotify I go.
Lots of love and take care.
Loved this post Megan! Can fully understand not having much to say, when I meet up with friends now I feel the same way… it’s weird because so much has happened in the last 6 months, but at the same time, not much!
I’d love to see Pinterest board style inspiration for your kitchen renovation, what is inspiring you at the moment (like music/TV/art/books/etc – I think you did something in the past that I loved!), what you have been finding comfort in… and more ways to use one piece in different outfits (I’ve been finding that my summer strappy dresses work well with a roll neck under for autumn, or a chunky jumper over the top, but then not sure what else… I’m stuck!) xxx
Megan Ellaby says
Thanks lovely lady, that means a lot! I feel EXACTLY the same when you meet or call pals, it’s like “errrrm same old same old” haha! YES I’m deffo going to share my lil inspiration mood boards for our kitchen renovation, I’m SO excited to have that underway next month eeek !
Love the inspiration style blogpost, I think I did that in video form so turning that into a blogpost is SUCH a fab idea, thank you! Thanks SO much for the ideas, truly is appreciated x
Yay so nice to have a blog post to read! I feel you, wanting the colder months to roll round. Love nothing more than a good jumper and boots…
I never thought I liked the office very much but boy o boy do I wish I didn’t have to wfh anymore. It’s completely uninspiring and I feel like it’s put a stop on all my professional development. Don’t enjoy feel like I’m standing still, and now it’s even worse! I think having some level of anxiety about all of this, primarily for loved ones, has made it a weirdly stressful time, especially having family abroad who I’m unable to visit. But I think you’re right that slowing down and pacing ourselves is probably a really good reality check isn’t it?
Can’t wait for more on the ol blog, would love to see some interior posts! Hope you and George are well, fingers crossed you get your lovely wedding next year xx
Megan Ellaby says
Hey Maya, thank you so much for reading and taking the time out to comment, means so so much!
Oh babe so sorry to hear that you’re not enjoying WFH, it is certainly an adjustment! Sending lots of positive vibes to you!
Interior posts will be coming up as of next month as work begins pre Christmas hurrah! Thanks beauty x
What books have you been reading lately Megan? You’ve inspired me to read so much more this year, I’d love to know what you’ve got lined up for the winter months too x
Megan Ellaby says
I have a couple of blogposts that you can find here; http://www.meganellaby.com/?s=book+club
and also check out my goodreads account or instagram Books highlight for more “in the moment” reviews of what I’m reading 🙂 Once I’ve read a couple more books I’ll have a new blog post chatting through them all. Lots of love xxx
I’d love to hear more on wedding styling from you – venue / dress / flowers etc. Would be great to have some modern, fresh ideas like yours! X
Megan Ellaby says
Hey Laura, I’d be more than happy to share all of this after the wedding 🙂 Hopefully it’ll actually happen next year haha x
For me, I would like it if you did more blog posts that aren’t fashion related. I love hearing about your seasonal goals etc… so, what I’m trying to say is I would love a few more personal blog posts, but obviously not too personal as I know you are trying to take a step back from that. I hope that makes sense 😊
Megan Ellaby says
I was thinking about a little seasonal goals blogpost so thanks for that. It’s been hard to set goals lately in a world that is so uncertain but I think I have a few things I’d like to achieve during the colder months so I’ll set to work on that for you Kayleigh 🙂 x
I am delighted to leave summer behind for many personal reasons (its been a rough few months) but also because autumn/winter fashion makes my heart sing, its my happy place. Lots of comments above for blog post ideas have been great. Something I was thinking about was how you begin interior design process – does it start with an object, a colour, a piece of furniture and grow from there? Also a winter key piece post, what winter items do you bring out year after year. Dx p.s. love the images in the post.
Hi there Maya love to hear on wedding styling from you
this post all images of AUtumn\Winter fashion interior Christmas
Everything is great really amazing items