RIP Prince

Wow, 2016 is officially starting to suck now. We’ve already lost so many talented people, but now Prince? Really? I can’t believe that Prince is dead. It’s like the words just won’t sink in. I’ve been a big fan of Prince since the early 1990s, I was even lucky enough to see him live in concert in March 1995 at Sheffield Arena. I was only 6 rows from the front and he was simply phenomenal. I really hope that this year is done with taking talented people from us, I’ve never known a year like it.

RIP Prince, thank you for all the amazing music, for sharing your fabulous style with us and for showing that you don’t need to conform to gender stereotypes; you can just be you.

Sefton Park in Liverpool

Sefton Park, Liverpool 2013

I was looking through some photos with a friend tonight when I spotted these photos that I took when me and Michelle went to feed the ducks in Sefton Park in Liverpool. We love it at Sefton Park, it’s such a lovely place to go for a wander after work or on a sunny Saturday afternoon 🙂

Sefton Park was opened on 20th May 1872 by Prince Arthur. He dedicated it “for the health and enjoyment of the townspeople”. I hadn’t realised that it will be 144 years old next month!

Quote of the day – Friday 15th April 2016

Always believe

Sometimes life can really get you down and make you think, “wow, is this my life?” It’s at times like this, we need to stay positive and not let life drag us down. I found this quote on a notebook I bought recently and it really resonated with me. I’m a naturally positive person, but life has been throwing enough lemons at me recently to make lemonade for pretty much everyone in the UK. I like it when aspirational quotes just pop up in every day life, like the universe is sending you a message: keep going, everything will be okay.

If you have any phrases that help to guide you through life, let me know in the comments 🙂

#ThrowbackThursday – 14th April 2016


I was looking through my wedding pics with a friend earlier, and we were laughing because my wedding dress was a £20 prom dress eBay purchase (my wedding shoes were £8.99 new from a charity shop!). We had an extremely small budget to work with, so I did my own make up, got a lift to the registry office off my mother-in-law (to be, at the time!) and had the reception at our house with homemade buffet food. All in all, it was a cheap, but happy day! 🙂

Rick Astley’s back with new music!

To most people the name ‘Rick Astley’ means they got rickrolled and expected to see a completely different video. I’ve always been a big fan of Rick’s but then I was 9 years old when “Never Gonna Give You Up” came out, so I have happy childhood memories linked to Rick’s music.

Tonight I was listening to a Spotify playlist “Tomorrow’s Hits” while working when I heard a song I really liked. I took a look at who it was by, and it was Rick Astley! I didn’t know he’d released a new song. It’s really good and sounds nothing like his 80’s music.

I highly recommend having a listen 🙂

I dyed my hair, erm, pink?!

So, as mentioned in my post “Tomorrow I am dyeing my hair and I am SO excited!“, I dyed my hair. It was supposed to be “Pretty Flamingo” pink, but the overall effect is kinda, orange.

I recorded the before, during and after for you all to see, so here it is!

I like weird people

I like weird people...

I saw this quote online just now and I really related to it. I am really badly socially awkward and struggle to have anything in common with most girls, as I don’t dress particularly girlie and I rarely wear make up. I’m not really a girlie girl and growing up I was more of a tomboy. Also, I have polycystic ovarian syndrome, which means that my body has more testosterone than oestrogen and has left me with a stocky overweight body for most of my life.

When I was in my 20’s, I really REALLY wanted to be an FHM Magazine High Street Honey. That, to me, was the epitome of social acceptance; FHM had agreed that you had an attractive face and body, and had included you in their annual honey list. As I got older, I still wanted to be a high street honey, and would scour the list, looking for which honey was the oldest; was I still in their age limit? I would never actively actually DO anything to become a “honey”, I just wished I could be one. Nowadays, I’m really grateful that I’m not “high street honey” beautiful. Imagine trying to pop to the shops for toilet roll and getting hit on by every man going.

It’s taken until I saw that quote just now to realise that I have finally learnt to embrace my “weirdness” and I feel so free. It’s such a shame that I have spent the last 26 years (since school started being more “dog eat dog” and “it matters what you look like”) trying to fit in with everyone else, rather than just being happy with the me that I’ve become. So, today has been a big day!

Moodboard: In The Pink

I’ve wanted to make a moodboard for ages, and to celebrate my new pink hair tomorrow, here is my first ever moodboard!

In The Pink
Left: ASOS Dolly Sequin Droplet Crop Top Dress
Top right: Manic Panic High Voltage Classic Cream Formula Hair Colour 118ml (Pretty Flamingo)
Centre right: Topshop Girls Cross Body Bag by Skinnydip
Bottom right: Eric Dress Pure Pink Suede Leather Pointy Toe Bow Knot Stiletto Heel Pumps

Tomorrow I am dyeing my hair and I am SO excited!

I have been a brunette for pretty much my whole life, but at 37 years old, I do have quite a few silvery hairs at the front of my hair. Michelle says I look like a badger, lucky me, eh? So, I decided that it was time to dye my hair!

First I’m going to bleach it blonde so that the pink takes as much as possible. I’m using Manic Panic’s Volume 40 Flash Lightning Bleach Kit, which I have used before.

Then, I’ll be dyeing it Pretty Flamingo 🙂

Manic Panic Pretty Flamingo

Now, depending on how well it goes, it should come out something like one of the images below (I’m really hoping for the middle one!)

Manic Panic on Pinterest

So yeah, it’s like Christmas Eve for me right now! I’ll blog again tomorrow and show you my before, during and after photos. I’ll also be recording a video for my YouTube channel, so you’ll get to see me in sound and vision at the same time! 🙂

My new magazine is now live online!

New cover
I haven’t been this blog much recently as I’ve been working on a digital magazine called Merryn Magazine for the past few months and the big day has finally arrived! It is finally online for everyone to read (and hopefully share).

I originally started the magazine as I noticed that I was following a lot of interesting people on my Twitter accounts, and I realised that if I found them interesting, that other people would do too. So, I decided to put together a magazine to showcase them. While putting it together, I found even more interesting people, so many so that I already have a lot of people for issue 2, which is due out on Friday 1st July!

I really enjoyed putting the magazine together and I’m excited to start on issue 2 in May.

You can see the magazine on a website called Issuu which is a publishing platform for magazines.

Here it is: