4 Types Of Friend We All Need In Our Lives

2 August 2017

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If you stopped a stranger on the street and asked, "in life, what are the three most important aspects to you?" I'd bet my bottom dollar that most, if not all, would include 'my friends' in that list. True, proper friendship is one of those invaluable cling-onto-it-with-all-your-might things that can bring endless happiness and we simply cannot live without. There's a reason why we hold it dear, continuously re-watch ten seasons of a program that's solely about the close bond between six NYC-dwellers and display the affinity with our BFF to the world proudly on our wrists. I've always loved the idea of friendship bracelets since I was little - that one person who gets to wear the 'best' to your 'friend' on two halves of a loveheart broken down the middle who's your absolute ride or die (yep, even in Year Two).

Years later now that I'm a proper official adult (my recent Netflix history of Matilda followed by Jumanji then Spy Kids might tell you differently but I'm 23, pinky promise) I still adore the notion of friendship bracelets, but no longer have just one best pal like I did in primary school. Links Of London have come to my aid in a fabulous way on this one with the reinterpretation of their iconic Sweetie Collection, of which the Sweetie Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet is my favourite. The signature bracelet itself is so classic, timeless and universal that it's the perfect friendship bracelet for everyone in your girl gang, and the genius part comes into play with the personalisation aspect as each individual can express themselves by adding charms that reflect their personality.

Having a circle of amazing friends rather than one solitary BFF is a wonderful thing as you gain something unique from each of them, and I love how there's a Links Of London charm that represents everyone. Here's four kinds of friend that you absolutely need by your side!

The Gryffindor - everyone needs that friend who's moral compass is on point and has your back no matter what. They're fiercely loyal and that's why they mean so much to you - your alliance with each other is unbreakable and their courage helps you to live more boldly and bravely, too. Whether it's being the final pair getting cheesy chips at the end of the evening or helping one another through tough times when everything else seems to be falling apart, you know you can turn to them. They're a true good egg and inspire you to be just as fab of a friend to them in return! As for charms, they'd love the Compass, Globe or Birdcage.

The Hufflepuff - whenever you think of them you can't help but smile and think, 'GOOD TIMES'. The most genuine and friendly person you'll ever meet, a laugh is never far away with this feel-good buddy and it's always a my-tummy-hurts-and-I-might-wee-a-little-bit laugh and all! With the patience of a saint and a naturally positive disposition, their sunny attitude can brighten the darkest day and you're constantly inspired by their dedication to being as hardworking, dependable and kind as possible. Why not treat them to a charm? They deserve a ButtercupBee or Beehive.

The Ravenclaw - is there anyone better at giving advice than this wise owl?! Whether you're thinking of changing career paths, you've broken up with your boyfriend or you're having trouble deciding on your degree choice, they're the first pal you turn to in a crisis because they're always there with a shoulder to cry on and the most top notch logical advice ever. They're impossibly clever and sharp meaning their sarcastic humour and witty one-liners have you cracking up non-stop and it's a real pleasure to be friends with someone so creative and original. The Feather, Moon and Key charms are right up their street.

The Slytherin - a born leader, we can all benefit from having a friend as ambitious and independent as this. "A bit of spinach from your salad is stuck in your teeth", "the little black dress, definitely", "you're way too good for him, babe" - they tell it like it is without any sugar-coating which is often exactly what you need and you know you can rely on them for an 100% honest opinion. You admire their strong work ethic, their ability to be assertive and confident in any situation and the way they're truly themselves - whether everyone else likes it or not! Their perfect charms? The Evil Eye, Snake and Locket.

All unique and special in an endless amount of ways, we love each of our friends dearly and let's face it - where would we be without 'em? Answer: miserably crying into our pizza because we a) feel pretty darn lonely, and b) we know that our mates would let us swap a slice of ours for a slice of theirs and more pizza options = a happier life.

P.S. check out my beautiful blogging pals Ellie, Sabrina and Jess!

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Long Time, No Blog

27 July 2017

So, I'm in Italy! When my flatmate (and soon to become boyfriend) Will introduced me to his best friend Zack around five years ago, I never expected that his Italian family home which has been passed down from generation to generation would become one of my 'happy places' in life, a place where I feel so relaxed and content and completely at ease. My current situation as I type is one consisting of a bikini (paired with my mum's tie-dye sarong from the 80s which may displease Regina George but I am in LOVE with), an empty house (everyone has gone to the local water park but I was feeling those classic chronic illness 'you're overdoing it' warning signs so I'm holding down the fort instead) and a very kind and patient Italian handyman (whose name begins with T and is far nicer said in his accent than me attempting to spell it here). The only sounds I can hear are the hum of the refrigerator full of Birra Moretti, birds chirping as they flit between the orange trees in the garden and the fast-paced tap of my fingertips on the keyboard.

The electricity is down - hence the arrival of the electrician... let's call him T - and my plans for the day have been scuppered slightly. Despite working a crazy amount recently (we're talking 6am wake-up times, still being sat at my desk at 11pm and moving to my bed to continue slogging away at my laptop until 3am) I'm still not on top of my to-do list and have taken on jobs with brands whilst on holiday, so I thought today could be a double whammy: catch up on rest after travelling (and the most stressful start to a break imaginable) and catch up on that arm-length to-do list whilst everyone else is out. After tracking down then uncoupling multiple travel adapters from their hair straightener and phone charger mates and realising that not only were they all not working but even the light switches were unresponsive, I'm now sat half in shade and half in sunshine on the veranda typing this blog post out on Pages on my rather warm and probably overheating MacBook.

I've been wanting/needing to write this post for a really long time and a reason why I 'can't' has never been far away - I've got way too much work to do, my plate is already full as it is, I'm not feeling well, what if nobody understands, I don't even know what to say anyway.

I definitely benefit from being 'forced' into this kind of situation: no wifi, no excuses and no people (except T, who is quietly sorting out the electricity that he installed in this very house himself years ago). Forced to be alone with my thoughts and forced to try and untangle them from the big mess they've woven themselves into in my head. I'm a classic over-thinker and it manifests itself in my life as this ugly 'thing' that only serves to cause problems where there are none, induce anxiety where there really needn't be any and ultimately, hold me back from doing what I actually want to do.

And so, unsure of how to tackle it but with the best intentions of doing just that, I'm on a mission to be braver and bolder. For a really long time I've felt like time is slipping through my fingers, like scooping up wet sand on the beach as a child and trying to keep those two-handfuls worth cupped in your palms but not being able to, and I'd be lying if I said that it doesn't scare me when I look at the pages of long-gone empty weeks in my diary. I know that's mostly down to chronic illness, but I also know that the remainder of the fault lies in my brain and its tendency to doubt myself beyond all reason.

'How do I move forward from here?' is something I often ask myself, and I've decided that the answer needs to be 'by doing whatever you need to do, with whatever you've got, right now'. Physical and mental health does always come first, but going six months without blogging brings two un's to mind: unacceptable and unhappy. It doesn't sit right with me in the slightest that I've left it this long, and it also makes me sad. When I'm working I'm my best self and feel fulfilled, creative, joyful - it's only when that voice in the back of my head that relentlessly tells me 'why even try?' takes over that I end up listening to it and ultimately, regressing. It's well overdue that I loudly tell that voice where to go and just get on with being happy and following my passions and taking better care of myself.

We're talking blogging regularly and giving things 100% again, without a large percentage of that number being stolen away by doubts that haven't any substance behind them. They've caused such a lack of belief in myself that at times I've simply stopped altogether (hence my lengthy absence) and I'm truly excited about the prospect of thinking 'f*** it' whilst batting away those self-destructive thoughts in favour of living my life as fully as possible.

Here's to being less worried, embracing more freedom and letting 'what if' become 'oh well'. T has just popped his head around the door and given me a big thumbs up followed by a wave goodbye, so I'm gonna make myself a little G&T (it's early afternoon but I'm on my holidays) and reapply some SPF so I can get some much-needed Vitamin D whilst sticking my nose into a good book until everyone gets home. Thank you to you, lovely reader, for being patient with me and for always listening. Hope you're well, and I look forward to speaking with you a lot more often!

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2016: The Highlight Reel

3 January 2017

Here we are, saying goodbye to another year! I wrote one of these 'highlight reel' posts at the end of 2014 and 2015, so in the spirit of keeping up tradition I'm sat with a fresh cup of tea (in a new Christmas mug, of course) to reflect on the past twelve months and close this chapter of my life before moving onto the next.


2016 began so happily and so well. As I nearly always do at the start of every new year, I remember feeling incredibly optimistic and had made lots of resolutions whilst busily planning and filming videos for my channel. I think we had around 35,000 subscribers then, and I knew YouTube was one of my biggest loves of my life. 

Will and I had travelled all over the UK together but we hadn't yet been on a trip that involved a plane, so at the end of January we packed our bags for a city break to Budapest. In a word: magical. I've always been a real homebody and it ignited a spark inside me. I caught the travelling bug after just one trip, and I seriously can't wait for more adventures in 2017 with my favourite person!

Ever heard of a little thing called MTV? Well, they rocked my world in January by naming me as one of their 16 Up & Coming YouTubers Set To Do Big Things In 2016. Quite the title! After working so hard on my corner of the Internet for little over a year it was a real honour to be included in the line-up, especially as I was in the company of some of my favourite creators. Please put '"Meg is so lovely and wise" - MTV, 2016' on my gravestone, thanks.

As I'm typing I'm remembering the beginning of 2016 as pretty negative despite all of these lovely things happening - good one trying to do this without a plan, mate - but that was down to me having a period of being really unwell and unable to function 'normally'. In my head I've built this up as me taking around two months off YouTube, but I've just checked and in reality it was about three weeks... maybe it felt like months as I wholeheartedly love making videos and not being able to for reasons beyond my control was torture. May 2017 be the year of good health and all the productivity!

My wonderful cousin gave birth to a baby boy, and he brought sunshine into all of our lives. He's so cherished in our family and I feel so lucky that I get to kiss his chubby cheeks and watch him learn how to laugh and crawl and stand. In March I attended the 'Build Your Channel' bootcamp at the YouTube Space in London and 'graduated' feeling so inspired and recharged. It makes you realise what a crazy, fun ride it is to be making content on YouTube and fills you with excitement to know that everyone who works there is really cool and genuinely cares about creators and their audiences.

Over the next few months I worked really hard on everything Meg Says - I built a media kit, put my all into creating main channel videos and vlogs and blog posts, showed up to events and focused on positivity. So many amazing things came from doing that; working with some of my favourite brands, being offered presenting jobs, meeting a Kardashian (!!!), travelling for press trips and becoming self-sufficient. I'd thrown myself into this whole online world in 2014 and had quite happily plodded along, navigating the blogosphere as someone who was 'doing it for fun' alongside being a social media manager for a brand, and 2016 was definitely the year where I realised that I could totally ~girlboss it~ and create my own career that was inline with my own morals and my own passions.

July saw me travel to Italy with a group of the loveliest guys ever, and something great happened: I accidentally left my phone in my brother's car when he dropped me off at the train station before flying to Rome. Initially I panicked, yes, but minutes after we arrived I felt like I'd unchained this anchor from my leg and could freely float in the Mediterranean. I'd actually 'unplugged' for once! If I'd had my phone with me you can bet your bottom dollar that I would've been refreshing my emails and having a quick scroll through Instagram when I should've been getting stuck into a good book by the pool surrounded by a tanned Will and friends, so it's pretty great to look back and know that I had a PROPER HOLIDAY. I made a nice video of our trip here that I just love and will watch back for years to come.

Post-holiday I got straight back into Work Mode and marvelled at the things I was able to do thanks to that cracking decision of starting a blog aged 21. As I'm extremely picky and protective of my channel and my lovely audience, I was waiting for the right job came along and finally I worked on my first sponsored video, the payment of which I partly saved and partly invested into an iMac. For me, it was a significant purchase as it was purely to continue building my business and create better content for the people who support what I do, and it makes me proud every time I walk into the office and see it.

August hosted Summer In The City 2016 and after watching from the sidelines for so long, it was a real pleasure to be able to attend as a guest and meet some of the lovely people who watch my videos. I feel like we interact so much online that it's just the best thing in the world to be able to hear your voices, see your smiles and give you a big hug. It was a special experience made better by special people and I can't wait for SITC 2017.

By this point in the year I was working with brands as much as, if not more than, I was making YouTube videos. Some of the biggest names in beauty like Superdrug, Look Fantastic and P&G were hiring me to present and model, and I had more than a few moments of gratitude where I'd sit in an Uber on the way home from a shoot feeling incredibly grateful that I get to do what I love for a living. Waking up knowing that you're going to Paris for the day as part of your job isn't something you should ever take for granted!

In the month that I turned 23 years old we hit 60,000 subscribers on YouTube and it made me overwhelmingly happy, as did finally being able to announce that I was the winner of InStyle's Project 13 Award for 'Rising Star'. Even being nominated was dizzying enough, so to know that an incredible amount of people had taken the time out of their day to vote for me was really humbling. I wish I could thank everyone individually, and stepping onstage to accept my award in front of some of the industry's most influential names as 'one of them' is a memory that'll stay with me until I'm old and grey. As will my award, which is going to sit proudly on my desk as a little reminder that I can, and I will.

In November Will and I attended the first ever BONCAs Awards and it was pretty crazy. Everywhere I looked I saw my YouTube idols who I've watched for years (and years and years, seriously since I was like 14) and it was one of those moments where I just thought, '...who let me in here?' The funny thing is I've started to be recognised by the creators I've looked up to, invited to their parties, called over for a chat - and you know what? It's the nicest thing in the world to know that they're just like me. That's one of the things I've learnt in 2016, actually: people are just people. We're all the same. I feel very, very normal and it's cool that most others are normal as well. Not sure if that makes any sense whatsoever, but I love that striking up a conversation with Kourtney Kardashian or Joey Graceffa is natural and down to earth and easy and they're friendly and it's lovely. LOVE IT.

With the end of the year came the biggest opportunity I've been offered thus far in my online career when the BBC asked me to present at the Team GB Ball and interview our British Olympians. It was the first time this particular division had done anything with a YouTuber before and despite it being incredibly out of my comfort zone, I said yes and I am so insanely pleased with how it went. In the summer I'd been watching these athletes from the sofa whilst eating Coco Pops in my pyjamas and then all of a sudden I'm in Tom Daley's private Winnebago, vlogging us as he says we should do a YouTube video together whilst being filmed by the BBC crew. I discovered a natural ease (dare I say talent?) for presenting and felt completely at home interviewing stars on the red carpet. I threw myself in at the deep end and didn't drown or flounder, I did the flipping butterfly stroke. Not only was the footage on YouTube and the news and iPlayer, but the actual BBC on the actual television on New Year's Eve. Seriously, could someone please pinch me so I stop dreaming?


So, that was 2016. Scrolling back and having a quick flick through everything I've written, it was a stellar year. On the inside it wasn't quite the same story - despite achieving quite a lot I spent most of the year feeling inadequate and even crippled by self-doubt. There were points where I had absolutely no confidence in what I was doing and I think that showed through inconsistent YouTube uploads and being absent from social media at times. I'm sure I'll talk about this in more detail in a video at some point, but for now let me just say that I'm beyond determined to turn that mindset around in 2017 as clearly I'm doing an okay job and I truly need to give myself more credit. Onwards and upwards, starting right now!

I really hope 2016 was a happy, healthy year for you and I'd like to take a second to thank you so much for any support you've given me. Whether you've been watching my videos since that awkward first upload or your friend recommended me to you last week, it honestly makes me do a little jiggy happy dance every time someone joins our Internet family and I wish only the best for you all in 2017. All my love!

Need Super Cute Last-Minute Gifts? Look No Further!

23 December 2016

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December is such a busy time of year and we've all been that person who's in a right tizz because they're spent all of their free time working to ensure they can have some quality time off over Christmas, and making sure the fridge is fully stocked, and attending countless parties (then having to recover because you're not eighteen anymore), and seeing family and friends... then all of a sudden the big day is approaching quicker than you can say "blast this Christmas music, it's joyful and triumphant!", and you still haven't finished shopping. 

It's all good, the list of people to buy presents for grows every year and we can't all be Martha May Whovier - stay calm, pop some of the following gems I've found from Hollister into your basket and get on that life-saving next day delivery hype.

For me, and pretty much everyone I know, you can't go wrong with pyjamas - especially if they're festive and extra cute, like this Printed Waffle Sleep Gift Set. Aside from being the most Christmassy shade of red and fitting like an absolute dream, they've got flipping llamas on them... yes, LLAMAS. I could honestly not love these more and they're so well-made and comfortable that I probably won't take these off until December 2017. Just call me Llama Girl. You can also call my friend Koala Girl as well if you like as I got her these adorable Flannel Sleep Pants, and my other friend Festive Bird Girl (alright, I'm just being silly now) as she's got the Flannel Sleep Shorts. Did someone say sleepwear goals?

If I misheard you and you said loungewear goals, I've got you covered on that front as well with the Gilly Hicks Cozy Embroidered Logo Sweatshirt and the matching Cozy Knit Sleep Shorts. I can't even express to you how much I love these and how incapable I am of wearing them and not saying to everyone in the room, "feel how soft this jumper is, go on, feel it!" I got the sweatshirt in a Medium so it was slightly oversized but it actually fits like a Small, so I'd recommend going a size up... and I'd also really recommend buying these. They make me feel like I'm in a really cute American TV advert (even more so when I'm wearing the Gilly Hicks Pom Knit Slippers as well) and I'm all about it. Obsessed!

A really beautiful present for your girlfriend or best friend is underwear (you might have to have a quick polite rifle through their bra drawer just to make sure you know their size!) and I can't think of anything more pretty and festive than this set. Everyone needs underwear, and the Gilly Hicks Red Plaid Patterned Bra and Patterned Lace-Trim Short are what Christmas dreams are made of thanks to them being incredibly soft and unbelievably pretty. This is definitely what Martha May Whovier has on under that belted Santa coat when she's decorating her house with that big fairylights contraption.

Who doesn't love receiving smellies at Christmas? Okay, please tell me someone else calls them 'smellies' because now that I've typed it, it sounds really weird... anyway, Hollister have a gorgeous range including my personal favourite, the Malaia Perfume. It's musky and woody yet still really fresh and floral which I just love, it comes with the sweetest old-school pump that makes it look so classy on your dressing table and you can also get it in a Gift Set which is currently on sale. Another mega affordable discounted gift set is the Limited Edition Holiday Mist Gift Set which includes the delicious Strawberry & Sandalwood and Raspberry & Magnolia scents, for only £9.

There's a whole other selection of gift ideas other than my favourite picks that I've chosen here if you need some more inspiration, and if you're buying for one of the guys in your life then there's a section for them here. I've found that as I've gotten older giving gifts is way more fun and feel-good than receiving them, so I really hope this post is helpful for you - although I wouldn't blame you if you ordered these items as a special treat for yourself this year either! Merry Christmas!

This post is sponsored by Hollister. All opinions and words are 100% my own and honest. Affiliate links have been used. For more information, please see my disclaimer here