21 Jun 2017

Holiday Outfits | Portugal 2017!

Being the instagram addict that I am, I decided to take photographs of all my evening outfits whilst I was on holiday to share with you guys. They went up on my instagram @megan_godwin throughout the week last week, however I know some people that follow my blog do not follow my instagram so I decided to share them on here in one big post. I have detailed what we are wearing and where everything is from as best I can so hopefully it will help you find them if you want to buy them!

Bryony- Dress: Old Navy | Shoes: Debenhams | Sunglasses: Quay Australia | Jewellery: Tiffany's & Pandora

Megan- Dress: New Look | Shoes: Primark | Sunglasses: Ray Bans | Jewellery: Tiffany's & Pandora

Bryony- Jumpsuit: Dorothy Perkins | Shoes: New Look | Sunglasses: Quay Australia | Jewellery: Tiffany's & Pandora

Megan- Dress: ASOS | Shoes: Primark | Sunglasses: Ray Bans | Jewellery: Tiffany's & Pandora

Bryony- Vest: H&M | Culottes: New Look | Shoes: New Look | Sunglasses: Quay Australia

Megan- Dress: Old Navy | Shoes: Havaianas | Sunglasses: Ray Bans | Jewellery: Tiffanys & Pandora

Bryony- Dress: Old Navy | Shoes: Debenhams | Sunglasses: Quay Australia | Jewellery: Tiffany's & Pandora

Megan- Dress: Primark | Shoes: Primark | Sunglasses: Ray Bans | Jewellery: Tiffany's & Pandora

Bryony- Dress: Primark | Shoes: ASDA | Sunglasses: Quay Australia

Megan- Dress: Old Navy | Shoes: Primark | Sunglasses: Ray Bans | Jewellery: Tiffany's & Pandora

Bryony- Dress: H&M | Shoes: ASDA

Megan- Vest: Primark | Culottes: New Look

9 Jun 2017

My Top Holiday Picks | Portugal 2017!

I don't know about all of you but I am so excited for summer! It is definitely one of my favourite times of the year and it makes me a very happy person. Not only me but everyone tends to be in a better mood because the weather is, generally, nicer and there is so much more to do! To me summer is an excuse to get out of the house, or even better the country and enjoy a holiday. My first holiday of 2017 is to Portugal on Saturday with my sister and my boyfriend and we are going to the same place that Scott and I went last year because we loved it so much. Packing for holidays, if your like me and leave it until the last minute, can be a tad stressful. Therefore, I thought that I would share my top picks of items that I could not be without on holiday! 

Suntan Lotion
I have been using this suntan lotion for so long now that I will not use anything else. It is from Hawaiian Tropics' Silk Hydration range. I do buy both factor 30 and 15 and use them at different stages of my holiday. Firstly, it smells amazing and always makes me think of being on holiday. Secondly, a little goes such a long way which is always a good thing when trying to pack light on an airplane! Lastly, not only does it protect your skin from the sun and UV it also leaves you skin feeling nourished and full of hydration, which I always feel like my skin is lacking after a being in the sunshine all day.
I also buy the Hawaiian Tropics Silk Hydration face lotion because specifically formulated for the sensitive skin on your face. It provides up to 12 hours of protection whilst being lightweight, oil free and water resistant so you are still covered even if swimming in the pool or the sea. It again has the same hydrating factors as the body lotion and the same iconic coconut smell.

After Sun
This is again from the Hawaiian Tropics' Silk Hydration range because obviously I have to keep the continuity of the brand. No honestly, they are the best that I have tried in a long time and hence why I am always so keen to keep using it. Again this product also has the same hydrating qualities and it nourishes and calms your skin, with Aloe, after a full day of sunshine and it lasts for up to 24 hours; which is amazing. The after sun has a slightly different fragrance which is a mix of coconut and papaya which smells so refreshing  after a long day in the sun!

Scalp Protector
This is actually the first time I have bought this product specifically but I always tend to get something to protect my scalp as it is very sensitive. I used to just buy a heat protect spray that you would normally use when applying a hair tool and it worked quite well however when I saw this in the shop I thought I would try it. It is a protective spray for hair, partings and thinning hair, this specific one is factor 15 which is medium protection. It claims to be very water resistant, sweat resistant, non-greasy and quick drying which are also great features when on holiday!

A Good Book(s)
This is entirely dependant on the type of holiday that you are going on, however all that we have planned is to either lounge by the pool or sunbathe on the beach so this is definitely a must have. I cannot sit for a long time without having somethings to entertain myself with, thankfully the hotel has Wifi so I can watch YouTube videos but when we go to the beach I love to read a book. I think I am going to download a few onto my phone but I haven't decided which- although I do really want to read Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon, Ice Cream for Breakfast by Laura Jane Williams and The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman.

You cannot go on holiday to a sunny country without a good pair of sunglasses. My favourites are my rose gold mirrored RayBans in the picture above. However I always make sure to take a second pair, which I use for going to the beach or if we go exploring one day and my glasses are likely to get dropped or dirty so that I don't break my expensive ones.

A Sunhat
Disclaimer: I'm not actually taking this to Portugal because I actually bought it for my trip to Santorini later in the year but come on I had to photograph it. That being said, I do not like to have the sun in my face so this is a good way to keep my face in the shade but allow the rest of my body to get a tan.  They are also particularly good props for Instagram photos, I mean come on who doesn't like a good photo on holiday! This particular one is from Primark, I think you can get it in the UK but I got mine when I recently went to Dublin!

A Beach Coverup
I am not the most confident of people but then I don't like this stopping me from getting a tan on holiday when I have spent so much money to be there so a cover up is a must. These allow me to get down to the beach or pool feeling comfortable and then I am able to take it off when I am situated and in my 'I don't give a crap when anyone thinks' state of mind! I prefer ones that are easy to get on an off and that are made of a lightweight fabric so I don't overheat whilst I have it on. The white one in the picture is from Next and it is made of a super thin linen material so it is perfect for the job!

Comfortable Bikini
As I said above I am not the most skinny or confident person and therefore having the right bikini for my body type is hugely important. I have found that the bikini which suits me the best is a bandeau style top which I am able to wear with or without the straps, this is good when trying to avoid the dreaded tan lines. Then for the bottom half I prefer slightly high waisted bottoms as then it covers more of my hips and my tummy which is the area that I do not like as much. The one pictured was from Boux Avenue last year and it is the most comfortable and flattering bikini that I own so it is always the first thing to be packed!

Flamingo Pool Float
This is obviously not essential but my sister and I really wanted to take one on holiday. I had seen them around but last year but, generally all of those that I saw were really overpriced. However, this year Primark brought out a range of pool floats so obviously we had to buy one. We got the flamingo ring float and it was £10, stay tuned and hopefully you might see some holiday snaps with this fellow!

What are your must haves when travelling abroad?

7 Jun 2017

My University Experience & Post University Blues- Really?!

In the September of 2013, I moved to Bournemouth without really knowing where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do with my life. I had studied law at college for the previous two years and throughly enjoyed it, hence why I decided to take it further. This along with the fact that it is an amazing degree to have that can open so many doors were the main reasons why I chose to complete a law degree.

My university experience started when I moved to Bournemouth into Flat 41, Chesil House with five other people I had never met before Emily, Max, Matthew, Rebecca and Alex. Our halls were slap bang in the middle of the town, only a short walk to the shops, the beach and the nightlife. We definitely had our ups and downs in the flat but that was inevitable and it is all part of the university experience at the end of the day. After a few weeks of lectures, I also met a group of people on my course Paige, Sam, and Steph and we soon became what everyone liked to call "your course friends". First year is always easier even though you don't realise it at the time, the workload isn't too much, the assignments are easy to research and you have time for yourself which towards the end becomes a luxury! Part of me wishes that I made the most of first year instead of spending half my time letting my anxiety and nerves get the better of me however I can't change anything now. It was also around this time that I created my blog, I had thought about it for a while before but I always thought that I wouldn't be able to think of that much content or that my work wouldn't be valued but in 2013 I took the plunge. I decided to put myself out there, even if only one person read my blog that would be enough for me as it could still put a smile on one person's face. Now, almost three years later I can say that it was one of the best decisions I have made!

So first year came and went and it was time for us to move into our first student house, everyone knows that student houses can be hmmm... shall we say interesting?! Despite the horror stories, I have to say that all of those that I have lived in have not been too bad. I don't know if we were just lucky or if it is just a myth. I moved into the first student house with Emily, Rebecca and Matthew from Flat 41 and two girls Jess and Zahna who lived in Flat 42. Our house in second year was called 'Garth Road' because lol it was on Garth Road, it was a half an hour walk away from university and a twenty minute bus ride into the town centre and to the beach. I shared the top floor of the house with Rebecca and Emily from my first year flat and we had the best time, sharing make-up and fashion tips and generally having a really good laugh. In terms of uni, things start to get harder, the grades actually count towards your final classification and it starts to get serious. None the less, I had an amazing year with plenty of trips to the beach, numerous trips to Wilkos and several nights 'out' in Spoons! This was also the year that I launched my YouTube channel, I grew this platform and created my channel under the same name. Although I haven't posted in over two years I do have almost 200 subscribers and it something that I would love to re-launch at a later date, let me know if this is something that you would like to happen.

My degree is know as a sandwich degree, you study on campus for two years before completing a year in the industry before coming back for final year to complete it all. My placement was at a solicitors called Morris Orman Hearle in Cheltenham, therefore I move again into a house share with two other people I didn't know. Although I was thrown into the deep end at the beginning of my placement it definitely made me a lot stronger and more motivated to prove myself capable throughout my time there. The office environment was lovely and I made some good friends although it didn't do much for my waistline as there was always cake in the kitchen; always. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at MOH and I definitely recommend doing this type of degree because, especially in my case, having that year experience is so valuable when coming out of education and being faced with getting a job. Every job that I have looked at asks for experience, yet if no one is willing to give you a chance then how can you gain experience?! Which is what makes having this opportunity so fantastic as it is a way to build your professional profile.

Having said all of that, the hardest thing to do is to go from being in education for so long to working and then having to go back into education again, you feel so rusty! I again moved back to Bournemouth and into another student house with Emily, Max, Elliot and Paige and I think I have to say that this was my favourite year based on accommodation out of the four. The final year is all option based units which you have to submit the summer before, I chose Media & Entertainment Law, Employment Law, Family Law and Corporate Law & Governance and I was very happy with every one and I am glad that I picked the 4 that I did. Alongside these units you also have to complete a 10-15,000 word dissertation which, as normal, I was dreading! Although, with that being said I did have a lot more determination and motivation to get all my work done with time to spare but still to a high standard. I think it is safe to say that it has paid off because all my results so far this year have been higher than ever before. I haven't found out what my final classification is yet but I will be sure to let you all know when I do, for all updates make sure you are following me on Twitter!

Overall, I loved my time at Bournemouth University and I would highly recommend it to anyone. The atmosphere on campus is so chilled out, you can get help when you need it and they are quick at responding and there is never a dull moment with events and occasions happening. As far as the teaching staff go, I never had a problem with any of them that I came into contact with. My lectures would provide additional support when they could, answer any of my silly questions and give any advise when I needed it. However, it is the latter part of this blog post that I never ever thought I'd be writing because I always thought, throughout my four years at university, that when I had finished my degree I would be over the moon. Don't get me wrong, I was sad to leave but I did celebrate after my final exams. After a while it dawned on me that this was it, I had finished my degree and I was now unemployed and that scared me a lot. I have never been someone that can rely on someone else for money so being thrown in at the deep end has really hit me hard. No-one else is putting pressure on me to get a job but I am, I am always so hard on myself and nothing is ever enough. I am trying to work on this because I am never going to get anywhere with that attitude, but with it being the first time I have been in this situation it is definitely a learning curve.

Did any of you go to university? Did you feel the same when you had finished?