Wedding guest outfit under £70.00

Blue organza dress - Miss Selfridge (£25.00 - sale price) // Nude platform heels - Primark (£10.00) // Nude envelope clutch - Primark (£6.00) // Tights - Pretty Polly  @ASOS (12.00)  // Earrings and hair slides (not pictured) - ASOS (£15.00)
Nails - Bourjois Blue No Blues


Yesterday I attended my boyfriend's Uncle's wedding. It was such a lovely ceremony and the weather was glorious for the garden wedding reception. The dress I wore is the prettiest dress I've ever worn. It has a net petticoat underneath and makes me feel like a Disney princess! I decided to keep my makeup fairly simple as you can see in the photos, it kept in place all day and my eyeshadow didn't crease until very late on in the evening thanks to the Maybelline colour tattoo that I used as a base!

After getting so fed up of my long hair the other day, I was actually pleased with how it looked for the wedding. I curled it using my totem styler and pinned bits back using bobby pins and these beautiful hairslides I bought from ASOS.

I paid under £70.00 for my wedding guest outfit (not including the makeup which I already owned) which I think is pretty good! It proves you don't need to spend a fortune to put a lovely outfit together.

Congratulations to Rob and Julie! It was a beautiful day and I wish you a lifetime of happiness together.

xo

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St. Grape natural skincare product reviews


If like me you love to be one of the first to know about new skincare brands, then I think you are going to enjoy this post! Over the last couple of weeks I was given the chance to try out four fantastic products from the natural skincare brand St. Grape. What really appeals to me about this brand is that they combine natural ingredients with ancient wisdom and modern science to offer unique high quality skincare products.




Aqua Bliss Natural Face and Body Scrub
The Aqua Bliss face and body scrub contains 97% natural ingredients including mineral sea salt and natural oil extracts from around the world. It is free from sulphates, silicones, parabens, artificial colours and petrochemicals. To use the product you simply scoop a small amount out with your hand whilst in the bath or shower, scrub it onto your damp skin for a couple of minutes and then rinse it away with warm water. It contains the finest grains I have ever seen in a scrub and is gently enough to be used on all skin types. The Aqua Bliss scrub has a floral aroma which is not usually a positive in my opinion, however when used in the shower, I find it to be quite calming and relaxing! I love how soft and smooth my skin feels after using this product. It definitely has refreshing and rejuvenating qualities which some other body scrubs on the market seem to lack.

The Aqua Bliss natural face and body scrub costs £12.00 for 150 ml and can be purchased directly from the St. Grape website.




Exotic Pink Soaking Salt
St. Grape’s unique hand-crafted exotic soaking salt is enriched with 100% natural grade A Himalayan pink salt and pure essential oils. It is great for using as a bath salt or for soaking your feet after a long day at work! The salts are great for exfoliation, removing dry skin skills and making the skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated. I really enjoy using this in the bath when I want to relax and wind down. The therapeutic oils in the salts are said to combat fatigue and relax the mind and body, which is certainly what I need after staring at the computer all day writing! It is also recommended for people that suffer from joint and muscle pains. I love the cute gift-like packaging that the exotic soaking salt bottle came in and the fact that they also included a small draw string bag for you to put some of the lavender scented salt in to keep in your drawers.

The Exotic Soaking Salt costs £15.00 for 600g and can be purchased directly from the St. Grape website.



Ancient Foot Scrub

I had a hard time choosing a favourite product out of the four and it was initially between the Ancient Foot Scrub and the Aqua Bliss body scrub, but in the end it had to be the Ancient Foot Scrub. I think I was immediately drawn to this product as I had never used a foot scrub before and therefore the benefits were new to me and have made such a difference to my skin.

Like the Aqua Bliss body scrub, the Ancient Foot Scrub contains 97% natural ingredients including high quality mineral sea salt and pure essential oils. You simply scoop it out and scrub it into your feet for a minute or two before rinsing it away with warm water. I usually use it just before I get out the bath, or if I have had a shower, I’ll do it over the bath afterwards as it can get a little messy! Although I do not enjoy the scrubbing part (as I’m a little ticklish) I do love how incredible soft it leaves my skin feeling. I would highly recommend this product to anyone that is on their feet all day at work, or sufferers of dry skin. You will be surprised at the difference it will make, just like I was! Although it is fairly expensive at £25.00, it does make a huge difference to the skin on your feet and your feet are definitely worth looking after!

The Ancient Foot Scrub costs £25.00 for 500g and can be purchased directly from the St. Grape website.



Invisible Skin Massage Oil

The Invisible Skin Massage Oil is probably my least favourite product out of the four, but that is purely down to the fact that I am not so keen on massage oils! However for the purpose of this review I did give the product a try. The Invisible Skin Massage Oil is 100% organic and is enriched with natural essential oils. You can use it on the face (one drop) and body and it leaves the skin feeling replenished with moisture. To relieve stress, reduce muscle pains and improve blood circulation, you need to massage it into the skin using upward and outward circular motions. I wish I liked the feeling of massage oils on my skin more, because this product is of such a high calibre! It does have a fairly strong and somewhat minty scent, which wasn't too my taste, but the moisturising qualities are certainly top notch! If you are not weird like me and actually enjoy massages, then I would definitely recommend giving this product a go.

St. Grape's Invisible Skin Massage Oil costs £25.00 and comes in a lovely glass bottle with a stopper! It can be purchased directly from the St. Grape website.

Natural cruelty-free products
After trying out all four products, it was certainly obvious to me that St. Grape have put a lot of time and effort into perfecting their products. You can tell from the quality of the scrubs and the finely perfected grains that care and attention has been paid during production. I love the fact that St. Grapes only use natural ingredients and does not test their products on animals, which gives them hundreds of bonus points in my opinion. The two scrubs are definitely my favourite products out of their four and I would happily go as far as saying they are the best skincare scrubs I have ever used.

Packaging
The only thing I would have to comment negatively on is the packaging of the scrubs, which I have been told is actually being changed before the products are officially launched in the UK in time for Christmas. There is nothing particularly wrong with the packaging, it just needs modernising and livening up in order to make it more appealing to customers!

Where to find St. Grape
If you want to find out more information about St Grape and their product range, be sure to visit their website, follow them on Twitter and give their Facebook page a like. Although the products are not officially launched in the UK yet, they are still available to purchase directly from the Saint Grape website!

xo
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Find Me a Gift #HeartySlice competition


Now I know many of you will be thinking Megan Jane isn't a baking blogger...well no, I'm not, but when Find Me a Gift kindly sent me the I Heart Cake baking mould to review, I thought I would try my hand at baking a cake (with the help of my younger brother Danny) for my mum and dad's 30th wedding anniversary! I was also told that there would be a prize of £100 worth of kitchen goodies for the winning #HeartySlice and since I can't resist a challenge, off I went to the supermarket to buy my ingredients...

Ingredients:
  • 12 oz organic self raising flour
  • 12 oz of pure dairy-free butter (or just normal butter if you like)
  • 12 oz golden caster sugar
  • 6 free range eggs
  • Drinking chocolate / chocolate powder
  • Icing sugar and organic butter (for the yummy butter cream)
  • Glitter icing pen
  • ***Preheat oven to 170°C***

First of all I measured out the butter (which happened to be dairy-free) and sugar, before creaming them together in a mixing bowl. This is a fabulous work out for someone that does not exercise regularly ie. Me. I then measured out the flour, mixed it in, and then cracked six eggs into the bowl. At this point the mixture looked gloopy and I wasn't sure it was right, but Danny was there with encouraging words, telling me it was all going to plan!

Here's me doing my thing....so proud that I didn't get any shell in the mixture ;)
The next step was to take out my fabulous I Heart Cake baking mould from Find Me a Gift. I removed the carboard, gave it a wash and poured in half of my cake mixture.


The I Heart Cake Baking Mould* is absolutely fantastic. How can anyone not love something that produces heart shaped pieces of cake after all? The mould is made from a non-stick silicone, which is very bendy, making it easy to pop out the cake one piece. As well as being oven safe up to 220°c it is also freezer safe to -40°c so you can make jelly! Oh and it's super easy to wash, which is always a bonus right?!

Here's my first half of the cake mixture ready to go in the oven. 170°c for around 20 - 25 minutes.


Whilst part one was cooking away I added in some chocolate powder to the other half of the mixture to make it go a lovely brown colour. I then did a bit of clearing up and played on candy crush to pass the time...as you do. Once part one was finished cooking, I removed it from the baking mould and placed it on a board to cool off. I then washed out the mould, poured in the chocolate half of the mixture and cooked that for 20 - 25 minutes.


Once both halves had cooked and cooled down, we cut them in half to give us four pieces. Danny was the one who came up with the idea of a layered cake and I am so glad he did because it looked awesome! We stuck the pieces together using thin layers of butter cream. To make the butter cream you just need to mix butter and icing sugar together. I don't know if there is a right amount to use, we sort of just poured it in and mixed it until it tasted nice and sweet.


The final steps involved smothering the top and sides of the cake in the delicious butter cream that we had made and then using a pink glitter icing pen to carefully dot the edge. To get the beautiful heart shaped slices, you simply need to cut the cake into si.


And here it is...our finished #HeartySlice! I am so, so pleased with how it turned out and my parents were delighted that we had put in the effort to make them such a special cake, for their 30th wedding anniversary! I love the layered effect and both the butter cream and sponge taste so, so yummy. Before I made this cake I hadn't baked since I was seven or eight years old, but now that I have the I Heart Cake Mould, I can definitely see myself getting creative with cake making!

To see the other #HeartySlice entries head to the Find Me a Gift blog. Let me know what you think of my cake in the comments below!

xo

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Wedding Guest wishlist


Organza dress - Miss Selfridge // Nude patent shoes - New Look // Tassle clutch - Miss Selfridge // Envelope clutch - ASOS // Wishbone necklace - ASOS // Earrings and hair slides - ASOS // Jewelled earrings - ASOS

If like me you are attending a wedding this summer, you have probably been on the hunt for the perfect outfit. As soon as I saw the blue organza dress from Miss Selfridge (pictured above) I knew it had to be mine. It is slightly lighter in colour than pictured and comes with a beautiful net petticoat which makes the dress puff out like a princess dress. At just £25.00 (sale price) I think you'll agree it is a real steal! Miss Selfridge are currently offering free next day delivery (until 11:59pm tonight) using the code 'AUGFREE'

Accessories
Since I am wearing a printed dress I thought I would keep the clutch and shoes pretty simple. I know nude is quite a safe colour to go for, but it is also sophisticated and classic! Nude heels will lengthen the legs and you can't go wrong with a classic envelope clutch.

Jewellery
With a dress like this I think it is important not to over-do the jewellery. I'm thinking either earrings or a necklace, but not both? I'd either go for a simple necklace like the wishbone pendant featured above or alternatively a pair of jewelled statement earrings if I was wearing my hair in an up-do.


Are you attending a wedding this summer? What are you planning on wearing? xo

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Boots beauty purchases

Sanctuary Spa Hot Cloth Cleanser // Bourjois Blue No Blues // Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick in Rose Tweed // Bourjois Bronzing Powder // Natural Collection eyeliner in Soft Brown
 Over the past few days I haven't been feeling all that well so I thought I would treat myself to a few new beauty bits to put a smile back on  my face! Since running out of my No 7 hot cloth cleanser, my skin seems to have been suffering, so I thought it was about time I introduced one back into my skin care routine. Unfortunately I couldn't find the No 7 hot cloth cleanser in store so I picked up the Sanctuary version instead which had been from £10.50 (I think) to around £6.99 - can't remember exactly but it was a good bargain! I think this cleanser will be just as good as the No 7 version and I can't say I have ever had any problems with Sanctuary Spa products before.


The next thing I picked up was this gorgeous nail polish from Bourjois. I had seen it on a few beauty Youtubers' videos and knew I had to add it to my collection. It is such a beautiful bright blue colour and has the gel finish that everyone is currently loving. I love how it comes with quite a wide brush as it makes it so much easier to apply the polish. It also happens to be the perfect shade to go with the dress I have bought for a wedding I am attending next weekend.


The lovely Amy from A Little Boat Sailing featured the Bourjois Rouge Edition lipstick in Peche Cosy on her blog a few days ago and I instantly wanted it. Unfortunately it had sold out at the Boots I went to, so instead I swatched a few of the other shades and ended up falling in love with 04 Tweed Pink. It is a gorgeous pink shade as you can see from the swatch below. I would describe as a classic vintage pink. The formula is really creamy and moisturising, making it very easy to apply.


I've wanted the Bourjois 'chocolate bronzer' for so, so long and I have finally got my hands on it. The packaging is adorable and I love the sweet smell of the powder. I haven't had chance to try this out yet, but I have very high expectations of its quality after reading about it on other blogs.

The final items I picked up were a Natural Collection eyeliner pencil and the Collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer (forgot to photograph). The eyeliner was so cheap at just £1.99 and does the job just perfectly. I wanted a soft brown eyeliner for the days when I want a more natural look. 

The Collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer is just as amazing as the big beauty bloggers and vloggers say it is. I currently have a few blemishes on my chin from a bad breakout, but you can hardly even tell when I have this concealer on under my No 7 Essentially Natural foundation. I went for the shade 'light' as they didn't have fair,  but it matches my skin very well. The formula is really soft making it really easy to apply. I tend to buff it into the skin using my Real Techniques buffing brush.

So there we have it...my mini-boots haul! Hope you enjoyed the read :) let me know if you have tried any of these products and what you think of them below in the comments! xo

PS Bourjois items are on three for two in boots at the moment! Such a good deal!

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Estée Lauder Sensuous Nude Delicate Duet Gift Set review

Estée Lauder Sensuous Nude Delicate Duet Gift Set*

When it comes to choosing a perfume, I personally like to opt for something delicate, sweet and feminine, so when I came across Estée Lauder's 'Sensuous Nude' perfume, I was somewhat smitten. This beautiful perfume is described by Estée Lauder as  'modern, intimate and feminine, like a second skin.' It has a powdery scent that lasts all day long and has become a firm favourite of mine this summer.

I don't know about you, but I think there is something so lovely about receiving a perfume gift set. I think it is because I like everything to match! The Estée Lauder Sensuous Nude Delicate Duet gift set includes a 30 ml Sensuous Nude perfume and matching 75 ml body lotion. What's great about the body lotion is that you can either wear it on its own for a lighter version of the scent, or wear it with the perfume to intensify it and ensure it lasts all day. The two piece set come in a gorgeous red, gold and purple box, which I think perfectly reflects the brand's luxury image.

The Sensuous Nude perfume contains a number of notes which are separated into three categories: Intimate, Feminine and Warm. The 'Intimate' notes are Sicilian Bergamot, Baie Rose, Mandarin and Black Pepper. The 'Feminine' notes are Jasmine petals, Muguet, Coconut water, honey and musk. And my personal favourite 'Warm' notes are Melted Woods, Sandalwood, Amber, Musk, Heliotrope and Vanilla. On my skin it is the warm powdery musk and vanilla scents that really linger beautifully on the skin all day.

I would highly recommend this perfume to anyone that is looking for a classic feminine scent. It is not too heavy or mature and I personally love how it sweetens throughout the day as it settles into the skin.


If you are in the market for a new perfume, purchasing a gift set like this is a great way to try one out, before going on to buy a bigger bottle. You also get the added benefit of receiving the matching body lotion which really is lovely on the skin. If you are on the hunt for a selection of perfume gift sets then it is worth looking on the Harrods website, as they always have such a fantastic selection, with something for everyone. Perfume gift sets like the Estée Lauder Sensuous Nude duet also make lovely birthday, Christmas and anniversary presents for the special people in your life.

xo

*Perfume sent for the purpose of this review

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Let's catch up.



Although it has only been a week since I last published a blog post, it feels like a whole lot longer! Since getting back from Woolacombe a couple of weeks ago, I seem to have been super busy with work, which is definitely a good thing in my eyes. Anyway I thought I'd do a little 'life catch up' for those interested. If you prefer fashion and beauty related content, you will be pleased to know that I am back to regular posting this week, so keep an eye out for a perfume review, outfit post and wedding guest wishlist.

Megan Jane Copywriting

Although I write blog posts here on Seek My Scribbles for fun, I also work professionally as a copywriter. This involves writing articles, blog posts and website content for various different companies. In the last couple of months I have created a website for my copywriting business along with a Twitter account and Facebook page. After doing a little promoting I have found a few new clients to add to my books, which I am so very pleased about! I love the fact that I get to work with new people and on new projects every week.


Megan Jane Jewellery

As most of you know I have been making jewellery for about three years now and it is still something that I very much enjoy doing in my spare time. Last night I attended a summer party at a pub in Teversal and had such a fabulous time. I was lucky enough to be given the chance to sell my jewellery whilst I was there and had a very successful night! The most popular pieces were my daisy and rose earrings, along with my doll house jewellery pieces. I met so many lovely people, including Ellie from Unique Love Style. Tonight I am spending the evening uploading a few new pieces so be sure to check them out! I have also recently surpassed the  500 'likes' milestone on my Facebook page and 1000 followers on twitter, so I am thinking another giveaway is in order to thank you all for your support! Look out for it in the next week or so. :)



Aside from working I have also been spending time with family (both mine and my boyfriend's) and I am attending my first ever wedding in a couple of weeks (hence the wedding guest wishlist I am planning.) It is also my mum and dad's 30th wedding anniversary on the 20th August so I have a rather special cake to bake. There will be a whole blog post dedicated to the cake. I'm hoping it'll be that good....hahahaa.

Hope you've enjoyed the catch up. It's good to just sit down with a cup of tea and talk work and life rather than fashion and beauty sometimes. xo

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July Favourites


As we are now a week into August, I thought it was about time I put up my July favourites post!

The first product I would like to talk about is the L'Oeal Paris 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution. If you read a lot of beauty blogs then I'm sure you'll have noticed that everyone has been going a little wild for micellar waters as of lately. The thing that put me off trying the original 'high end' micellar waters from the likes of Bioderma and La Roche Posay was the price tags, but as soon as I saw L'Oreal had bought out their own version for a purse-friendly £4.99 (currently on offer at £3.33 at Boots) I knew I had to give it a go.

I am SO impressed with this product. It dissolves my makeup within seconds and makes it easy to wipe away. You can use it on the eyes, lips and the rest of your face by simply pouring it onto cotton pads. Suitable for all skin-types (including sensitive skin) this is a cleansing product that I definitely recommend trying. It has become an important part of my skincare regime and is perfect for removing makeup quickly and easily.


 If you are a regular reader of this blog, you may have seen that I published a post a few months ago asking for recommendations for my FIRST EVER Mac lipstick. I got so many fantastic recommendations, but the one I ended up going for was 'See Sheer' which is a lustre. The reason I went for this one is that I saw it in Essie Button's top five Mac lipsticks video and knew I'd like it from the way she described it's qualities.

See Sheer is a muted coral colour that is perfect for every day wear. Mac describe it as a grapefruit pink, but on me it is definitely more of a muted corally red. I find that it almost brightens up my makeup look and makes my lips look lovely and full. It applies really smoothly and the colour is easy to build up if desired. The only negative I've found is that it doesn't last as long on the lips as I thought it would, but I don't mind so much because I just re-apply it and get to smell the gorgeous vanilla scent all over again! It has become my go-to lipstick and has made me want to buy more Mac lipsticks.


I have been on the hunt for the perfect moisturiser for a while now and dare I say I have found it? Well I wouldn't go as far as saying perfect, but this month I have been loving the No 7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream. First of all I just have to give a quick nod to the packaging. I love that it comes it a glass-like tub, rather than the cheap plastic or tube like forms. The scent of the product is really pleasant and once applied to the skin the cream sinks in really quickly. Another thing I love about this product is that it doesn't feel heavy on the skin. I often find that moisturisers feel like they're clogging your skin up rather than moisturising it, but this isn't the case with the No 7 cream. It also has the added benefits of SPF 15 and five start UVA protection. I am about half way through this product and can definitely see myself re-purchasing it when its finished.


Favourite place: At the end of July I went on holiday to a place called Woolacombe in North Devon. It is one of my favourite places to visit and holds a special meaning to me as it was the first place my boyfriend and I went on holiday together. Like me, he also holidayed their as a child with his family, so it was something I remember us talking about when we first met. It has the most beautiful scenery and is a great place for surfing (not that I can surf). The nearby harbour town, Ilfracombe, is also worth a visit if you're in the area.

Favourite TV programme: I know I'm late to the party but I have been absolutely loving Game of Thrones. I am just approaching the end of season two and doing everything I can to avoid spoilers on the internet! In all honesty I didn't think it would be my cup of tea, but it is so brilliant that you can't help but love it. I'm well and truly addicted.

WOW long post sorry guys! Hope you enjoyed it though. Let me know if you share any of my current favourites in the comments below :) xo

PS. If you enjoy reading my blog please vote for me to be Inspired Magazine's Guest Blogger. All you have to do is like their facebook page and their like my picture in their blogger album. Thank you!

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Keds' 2nd footwear collection with Taylor Swift

Next season Keds will be introducing their second footwear collection with seven-time Grammy winner (and my musical guilty pleasure) Taylor Swift. The collection will feature seventeen styles with all new prints, colours and finishes inspired by Taylor Swift's classic American girl style.


The autumn colour palette will include traditional shades like red, burgundy, navy and black incorporated in an array of prints including polka dots, bold florals and bubble shapes. Keds have also introduced two brand new overlay finishes in lace and sequins. I particularly like the lace overlay Keds and have spotted a red and white pair (not pictured) which I absolutely adore. Like the first collection, the Autumn collection will feature the special Taylor Swift themed charms which include a silver heart displaying the number '13' and a guitar pick in antiqued brass that displays Taylor's signature logo.  

The new collection will be available in the Autumn from Schuh, with prices starting at £45.00. I can't wait to get my hands (or should I say feet?) on a pair of the lace overlay Keds, how about you? xo

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Festival Fashion: Dos and Don'ts

Festival season is in full swing and lucky for us in the UK, the weather is glorious! I wonder if it’ll last all summer? Unfortunately I very much doubt it will! Whether you are attending a mainstream festival or an indie shindig this summer, it is essential that you’re clued up on the clothing you’ll need to take with you.

Tropical Dress - Vintage Style Me
Image credit: http://www.runwayrepublic.com/Women/dresses/vintage-dresses/tropical-dress

Dresses vs. Playsuits
I know playsuits are cute, quirky and darn right gorgeous on the right figure, but for me they are a big ‘no no’ when it comes to festival fashion. My reason you ask? Portaloos. Need I say more?  Definitely stick to cute dresses and high waisted skirts. If it’s chilly pair them with long socks and wellies.

Footwear
Your gorgeous beaded sandals may look utterly fabulous with your Aztec print dress and fringed saddle bag, but if you are attending a festival in the UK, then my advice would be to leave them at home! There is a reason you see so many people wearing wellies at festivals. You don’t want the heavens to open and for you to be stuck in the mud with impractical footwear.

Rosey Shades - BimboFlamingo
Image credit: http://www.runwayrepublic.com/women/glasses-sunglasses/sunglasses/rosey-shades


Essential accessories
Before you head to a festival be sure that you have packed a pair of sunglasses and an across-the-body bag. Even if it’s not sunny, you’ll be glad of the sunglasses for hiding your tired eyes on the way home! An across-the-body bag is a must-have for festivals. It means you can safely carry around all of your essential items, without having to physically hold the bag. These ‘hands-free’ bags are much safer to wear than rucksacks, as they are much harder for other people to access and take things from if you’re in a large crowd.  (Sorry for putting a downer on things but I’m a ‘better safe than sorry’ sort of girl!)



Festival fashion shopping
If you are looking to pick up a few festival fashion bargains, then why not head to a virtual market place where other people are selling clothes online? Runway Republic is a fantastic website to use, whether you are looking for high street, designer or vintage clothing. Their sellers ship from all over the world, enabling you to get your hands on the best bargains no matter where you live.

We all have those clothes in our wardrobes that we have bought but never had chance to wear. Rather than leaving them hanging there, you could pop them on the Runway Republic website and make a little extra cash to spend at the festivals you're attending this summer.

Megan Jane

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