"Anyone who lives within their means suffers 
from a lack of imagination." 
Oscar Wilde

Hello and a very big welcome to Charade; a place for passion as well as pragmatism, style as well as good sense, and serious sassiness. Where you dream up your most ambitiously wonderful self, because make-believe has no boundaries, and then you start living it. New in town? Read on...

About Charade

"I'd rather read Charade than a thousand glossy magazines!"
Sara, reader

Charade is a project I started in late 2008, exactly when I started university. Though it began as a student blog about being amazing without the kerching, as I changed, so did what I wanted to write about. Charade has become much more than bargain fashion & lifestyle tips. It is a blog about daring to be you; diving into life head-first; and flirting with the world through style and shimmering success.

"Live out of your imagination, not your history." 
Stephen Covey

I think that when we use our imagination, life becomes more fun. I think that when we make-believe, we give ourselves permission to be who we really want to be. To live as magically as you can; to put on a show; to top your past experiences at every turn – that’s what Charade is about.

Fashion & style & substance & life-satisfaction all rolled into one!

I dish out my enthusiasm for existence on all topics related to living magically beyond your means. Regular posts include my quote of the week in Words to Live By, a roundup of links I love in The Saturday Salute, as well as regular features on Fashion & Positivity.

Who’s this blog for?
For students, workaholics, yummy-mummies, entrepreneurs, fashionistas, eco-warriors, anyone going at life full throttle, perhaps on seemingly limited means. Charade is about showing you that you’re in charge of your own life, and that it’s up to you to make it miraculous.

About Megan

"You are such a burst of fresh air and positivity." 
Krissy, reader

I’m just a girl, probably a lot like you. I went to an average school. Got average grades. Had an average gap year. And then decided:

Average wasn’t good enough.

I wanted magic. I wanted marvel. I wanted excitement & energy & a life of reckless abandon. At the start of my degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, I began Charade because I wanted to up the ante; I wanted to live with imagination and intent, even if that was on a measly student budget. I wanted to put on a show.

Since then life has been anything but average. I celebrated my 20th, 21st and 22nd birthdays in Paris, Las Vegas, and Marrakech respectively. I spent my final year of university in sunny Spain, just outside of Barcelona, and had the time of my life. I graduated with First Class honours and personal savings of £4,000. And I’ve developed a blog with a community of over 2000 light-seeking superstars just like you.

"There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person."
Anaïs Nin

So, what are you waiting for, star-gazer? It’s time to get in the game. Live the life that’s been waiting for you. Amp up your attitude. Ignite your imagination.  

Start your charade.

Where to begin?
I’ve hand-picked some of my favourite articles for you to get your teeth into here. But I get better all the time (and I’m super-modest, too) so sign up via RSS, Twitter, Facebook or Bloglovin' and you’ll keep getting the latest goodness.

You can also contact me, I ♥ email.

Megan x