Career Stories 24 October 2017
Career Stories: blogger babe Megan Ellaby on working in fashion

Megan is a Manchester born twenty-something full-time influencer who used to work as an ASOS stylist. Sounds like a pretty good career journey right? Her blog Pages by Megan started off as a private diary and ended up gaining a huge fan base and winning multiple big awards. We’ve been Megan fans right from the very beginning and seen her rocking her Insta-game and her fashion vlogs (they should be on your watchlist). Yep, we’re happy to chat with her about the fashion industry.

Not to mention: Megan’s a very proud Mancunian. She hosted a charity sale for the We Heart Manchester charity fund following the terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert. Megan: “I sold my ENTIRE wardrobe and SO SO SOOO many people came down to support, it was so amazing and so totally shocking as I was convinced no-one would show up.”

An average day in the life of Megan?
Megan: “This completely varies from day to day. Right now, I’m sitting at my desk (dining table HA) having just got up at 730am, I’m hugging a cup of coffee and getting a head start with my emails. I have a relatively chilled week at home this week, which is needed since the past month I’ve been crazy busy and all over the place. Today will be emails, writing, and editing, before heading out to get my nails done before a day of video shooting tomorrow. I adore the variety that my job brings with it.”

Growing up, was there one job you knew you could see yourself in or did you dream of creating your own role for yourself?
Megan: “For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to be in the fashion industry. I grew up with my mum designing and making wedding dresses in front of me in our tiny spare room and it completely fascinated me. My sister and I used to play “fashion designers” and would draw out these elaborate designs, neither of us very good might I add, but we both knew it was what we wanted to do.”

“Since then I went to university, I interned and worked as a styling, all whilst keeping my beloved blog running on the side. When it all got too much, I knew something had to give, and it wasn’t about to be something I’d built from scratch. Looking back, I think I was always destined to create my own role and to be my own boss.”

How did you come in contact with ASOS, your previous employer?
Megan: “They actually found me through my blog and social channels. I was slowly creeping into the industry and I think they saw something in me before a lot of others did. It was the most incredible moment to be headhunted by a brand I’d always adored and I truly loved working for my favourite brand.”

What made you decide to become a fulltime blogger/influencer?
Megan: “As I said above, the workload started to get a little too crazy. I was working all day for ASOS then spending my evenings and weekends working on my blog. I’d started using my holiday time from ASOS to work on projects for my blog too, and it was all becoming too much. So I took the leap. I was desperate to leave London too, I’m from Manchester and a real home bird – so the fact I could work on my blog from anywhere in the world was really attractive to me. I’ve never looked back!”

“I was desperate to leave London too, I’m from Manchester and a real home bird – so the fact I could work on my blog from anywhere in the world was really attractive to me. I’ve never looked back!”

How do you stay inspired?
Megan: “I take inspiration from everything, big or small (see this video). But my sheer love of fashion and styling and this weird and wonderful self-taught and self-grown industry keeps me inspired daily!”

YouTube or Instagram? And why?
Megan: “BLOG!  Always!”

What was a ‘pinch-me-please’ moment for you?
Megan: “I have a pinch-me moment at least once a week, purely because I never EVER saw the hobby I started whilst at uni, using my tripod on my parent’s driveway, turning into my full-time job, it’s crazy! But I have to say the proudest moment of my career so far has got to be the day I hosted a charity sale for the We Heart Manchester charity fund following the terrorist attack this year. I sold my ENTIRE wardrobe and SO SO SOOO many people came down to support, it was so amazing and so totally shocking as I was convinced no-one would show up. We cleared out EVERYTHING and raised an incredible £5,600. It was the proudest day of my entire life.”

How do you strive to make a difference in the big world of blogging?
Megan: “I love to give to charity (see above question) and help in any way I can through the clothing and beauty products I’m lucky enough to receive and purchase.”

“However, I also like to help through my words too. I’m quite honest when it comes to how I’m feeling and how I know many others are feeling too. Whether that’s about self-confidence, and my lack of it, about the blasted Instagram algorithm or being bullied, I’ll discuss these matters and hope they’ll help even just one person.”

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