Friday, 28 December 2012

A-Z of 2012, part one.

Without a doubt, 2012 has been the best year of life thus far. I've done some wonderful photo shoots, worked for one of my favourite magazines, won numerous competitions, and this blog has grown from virtually nothing to a corner of the internet that I'm really rather proud of. After so many highs, I'm somewhat concerned about whether 2013 will measure up - but then again, I suppose that part is in my hands. Time to stop worrying and start motivating!

It took me a while to decide what form this post would take, however after much consideration I decided to round up my 2012 in the form of a quick A-Z. Some entries are more abstract that others, but that's half the fun! Without any further ado, I present part one of my 2012...
A - Audrey Grace
This summer, I collaborated with a shop that I absolutely adore, Audrey Grace Boutique. Of all my collaborative projects this year, it has to be one of my favourites. The dress is a classic, and I still adore the photos!

The Bristol Blogger's meet up in August was the first time I ever truly showed my face in the blogging community. It was the day I realised there was so much more to blogging that just writing blog posts. It was also the day I met Sophie, Paige, Steph and Lily for the first time - ladies I now count among my friends. 

In February I found out that I was a finalist in Company magazine's Casting Call competition. Twelve of us attended a photo shoot where we were styled in outfits from River Island, had our hair, make up and nails done, and were photographed in turn. It was my first proper shoot and I was a shaky, nervous wreck, certain there was some mistake and that I wasn't supposed to be there. However they must have seen something in me as I was called back to do a beauty shoot for the May issue. It was an incredible day, especially considering Company has been my favourite magazine for years, and it's exactly the kind of place I hope to work someday! 

D - Dahlia: One Dreamy Day

Just after the excitement about my Company shoot had died down, I won another model search competition, this time for one of my favourite brands, Dahlia. After attending a casting I was called back and asked to feature in their summer promotional film, 'One Dreamy Day'. The day of the shoot was so much fun. There were five other girls (Olivia, Bryony, Daisy, Eloise and Bianca) and we just seemed to click. The dynamic was wonderful, and with fairy tale dresses, pretty set dressing and plenty of sweet treats thrown into the mix we couldn't have asked for anything more (and yet we were still all given a dress each as a thank you!).

Despite getting engaged last December, Grant and I chose to wait and have our engagement shoot done in the summer when the weather was more reliable. After crossing paths with Kitty Gallannaugh, with her dreamy photos and sweet demeanour I knew that she was the lady for the job. The shoot was a pleasure, Kitty made us feel entirely at ease, and the photos were everything we ever could have hoped for.

F - Friends
Perhaps the best thing to have happened this year is all of the new friends I've made thanks to this blog. I'm really not a social butterfly, and blogging has effectively coaxed me out of my shell and made me realise that I'm not quite the social pariah I spent my teenage years convinced I was. Chloe, Paige, Steph, Sophie, Rhiannon, Lily, Arabella and Amy (amongst other acquaintances and people I've yet to meet who I can't wait to get to know better) are some of the most genuine, fun and interesting people I've ever met, and they've made this year a joy. Blogging has been so much more rewarding since I've made friends within the community, and I can't wait to meet even more of you in the future! 
G - Grazia 'Girl About Town'

When an email landed in my inbox asking if I would be interested in helping Grazia put together a feature on Bath and Bristol, my excitement levels went through the roof. It was new, it was enlightening, and it was fun. The moment when I first laid eyes on the final copy of the magazine was one of the most satisfying moments of my life so far, and I will forever be a 'girl about town' in Bath and Bristol!

H - Holiday

Perhaps not an achievement in the same way as some of my other 2012 moments, but of course my recent holiday to Disneyland Paris with my ever-doting fiancé makes my list of highs! It was everything a good holiday should be, and escapism at it's best. There was good food, a rainbow of cocktails consumed, and I got to meet Sleeping Beauty. Work hard, play hard, and all that jazz.

I - Inlovewithfashion

Working with ILWF to promote their Next Top Designer competition was so much fun. I've always loved their easy to wear clothing, so being involved in something so central to their brand was an honour. The event itself was such a success, and the atmosphere was bubbling over (partially down to the free-flowing champers and decadent cupcake garden!). I had the best night, made only better by the fact that Steph and Paige joined me for a girly sleepover afterwards! PJs, a good old chat and hot chocolate loaded with marshmallows - perfect!

J - Julia McIntosh

Sometimes it feels like London is where all the fun happens, so I began to feel a bit frustrated being stuck in Cornwall over the summer months. When I was contacted by Cornish photographer Julia I was over the moon. It was such a treat to be able to do a photo shoot in Cornwall, and Julia was so lovely to work with. I can't wait to work with her again in 2013, especially now that she's working for Cornwall Life magazine - it's all very exciting!

K - Kitty Gallannaugh

When I saw a tweet looking for London based models interested in a shoot at a fairground, I figured there was no harm in firing off an email. I loved Kitty's work, and the idea of working with her was amazing. The shoot itself was perfect, and Kitty was the easiest photographer to work with. I was so pleased with the final photos (I still use them on my business cards and on my social media!), and I knew that she was the lady for our engagement shoot. She made both shoots an utter joy, and has created some of my favourite photographs that I will no doubt treasure forever.

L - London

Until last year, I had approximately zero experience of being in London, however this year I've been there at least once a month, and it's starting to feel far more familiar. Of all the wonderful things that have happened this year, 90% have happened in London. I've truly realised how full of possibility that city is, and the moment I have my degree I'll be fighting to live there permanently.

M - Mod Dolly

I first met Amy of Mod Dolly at the Bristol Blogger's meet up in August, and afterwards regretted not getting to talk to her more. When I saw Mod Dolly were running a model search competition for their collection with SketchStreet, I sent an email off, not expecting to hear anything back but figuring, 'you never know if you don't try!'. A week or so later I heard back, and it was good news! We did two shoots, a lookbook in Notting Hill photographed by Hanna Kristina (another photographer I love!), and a studio shoot for the online catalogue. The designs were lovely, and it was the perfect excuse to get to know Amy a little better!



  1. Sounds like you've had a great 2012!

  2. I see you are having an amazing year so far.
    always love you. xx


  3. Seems like you've had a wonderful year! xxx

  4. It looks like you had an amazing year! This was a great way of showing it too! :D I have to say you look at lot like rose in titanic! :P Sorryy I just had to add that in!
    Sofia x

  5. A great year for you, def!

  6. Awww what a pretty post, I love how you did the a-z wrap up. You've had such an amazing year!

  7. to think that your blog is just a few months older than mine is mind boggling as they are leagues apart! you have done so amazingly well this year. you really have the perfect life megan, i'm glad you've had such a lovely year and i know 2013 is going to be equally successful for you, all the best for it xxx

  8. what an amazing year!!!! Great work x

  9. Your year sounds so exciting and fun packed :) x

  10. Your year sounds truly amazing. Well done on all your achievments. Looking forward to the other half! :) xx

  11. Lovely post Megan :) You have done so amazingly well this year & I'm so very proud of you. Your blog will go far, you are amazing and beauitful and the readers will keep coming.
    Keep up the good work and thank you for being you, I'm so glad I can now call you my friend xxx

  12. Such a cute idea!
    Looks like you've had a great year!!

    <3 - Vega

  13. Aww im in F AND M!
    Thanks for the lovely words! Its been really great to meet you and hopefully we can meet up again soon! xx

  14. OMG! I knew I recognised your face from somewhere and now I know from this post! Those photographs of you in company magazine were lovely :D such a brilliant opportunity to work for them :D xx