Thursday, 8 December 2016

In a Long Distance Relationship?

Casting call! In a #LDR? 💕 

In a Long Distance Relationship?
Met online? 
Never met IRL (In Real Life)? 
Live in different countries? (Preferably one of you in the UK) 🌎 
If 'YES' to all above 👆 email casting@shotglassmedia.co.uk to take part in an amazing new BBC documentary!  

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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Wegan on Radio Diva


Last week we appeared on Radio Diva, it was a last minute frantic rush from work but luckily we just made it. The radio show is hosted by the fab Heather Peace and Rosie Wilby. We had such a fun time and hope to go back soon (maybe next time we'll get there with more time to spare!) We had the pleasure of witnessing the country folk band Red Sky July perform acoustically and OMG, we're obsessed. Make sure to check out their EP ;) We also got to catch up with Carrie, Deputy Editor of Diva, and met comedian Sarah Keyworth (who we saw perform at Stonewall's comedy night in September).

Listen to our Radio Diva show here, we appeared at 49 minutes in (& afterwards Red Sky July sing 'House of Cards'... our new fav song).

Listen to Radio Diva every Tuesday, 6:30pm.

Afterwards we decided to have a little date night on a Tuesday by popping to The Shard. Even after 8 years, we still love spending every minute together.




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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Why Coming Out At Work Is Vital For You And Your Employer


A normal day at work will at some stage involve a chat with your colleague by the water cooler/ printer/ coffee machine as to what your plans are for the weekend. For most, this is a very straight (pun intended) forward conversation: “The wife and I are going shopping for a new sofa” / “I’m going out with the girls as my boyfriend is away watching football!” / “I’m taking the girlfriend away for a romantic weekend as it’s our anniversary.” However if you identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, (LGB) then these nonchalant conversations will have you filled with dread. Your first day at a new job will be made even more daunting: who do you put as your next as kin, what pictures do you put on your desk, and what do you tell them if they spot your wedding band. All of this is constantly running through your brain if you’re not out as LGB at work and what that’s actually doing is ensuring that you cannot be fully yourself and therefore be fully productive in your role. As the LGBT rights charity Stonewall advocate, “people perform better when they can be themselves” and I wholeheartedly believe that this is true.
As an openly out and proud femme lesbian at work, I slip under the radar of both the straight and gay community and experience ‘femme invisibility’ and the assumption of heterosexuality. I’ve experienced the scary moments of starting somewhere new and having to go through the whole process of every employee finding out that I’m gay (of course, the process never ends with inevitable turnover). I’ve sat with new female colleagues and had to listen to them talk (aka moan) about their boyfriends/ husbands and how useless they are at housework and all I can think about is how do I chime in and casually drop the lesbian bomb: “yeah my wife SUCKS at the washing too!”... Coming out is a personal choice, and some do choose to live their whole professional lives in the closet. Personally I’ve always lead by the mentality that I have nothing to be ashamed of and nothing to hide. The sooner they know that I’m gay the better. As living a lie can take its toll, even if for a couple of days. The longer you leave it to tell your colleagues, the more it seems like a bit secret you’ve kept from them...
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Sunday, 27 November 2016

What Wegan Wore: Pumpkin Patch | A/W 2016

In October we visited the cutest pumpkin patch located in Essex, UK. I surprised Whitney with a trip to Foxes Farm Produce Pumpkin Patch, as Whitney was missing the American love of pumpkins. This Pumpkin Patch did not let me down and we had a great time eyeing up all the pumpkins, (especially the frankenstein one!) and even ran around the maze.
 
We'll show you what we wore for our little advernture, but frst, lets admire the pumpkin patch! (Now you can get Christmas Trees there!)

 









What Whitney Wore:






Cap: H&M
Sweater: H&M
Coat: Topshop
Sunglasses: Tom Ford
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes: Nike


What Megan Wore:







Cap: H&M
Top: Topshop
Scarf: H&M
Coat: Miss Selfridge
Sunglasses: Raybans
Leggings: River Island
Boots: River Island
Watch: The Fifth
Bag: Louis Vuitton



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Sunday, 6 November 2016

Our Hopes For Hillary And Terror For Trump

We have co-authored an article for The Huffington Post on our thoughts surrounding the Presidential Election.

As a American/ British couple, here’s why a vote for Trump is a vote against us, our love and our life together.

Have a read and let us know thoughts. 

wegan-for-hillary


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Monday, 17 October 2016

Exciting News!

You may remember seeing us announcing that we were filming for something back in April.... Well we can now announce that we're featured in the BBC ONE new series Anne Robinson's Britain aka Britain's Secrets with Anne Robinson!


The first two episodes have already aired, on Parenting and Pets, and next weeks episode is on Body Image. The 4th and final episode is the one that we're featured in and that episode focuses on Relationships!

We can't give too much away yet but it was a lot of fun and hard-work filming, and you'll probably see an even more depth look at our life, love and relationship!

There isn't an air date yet for our episode but we shall of course keep you posted! Find out more about the series here, and watch the previous episodes on iPlayer.

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Happy National Coming Out Day!

Today marks a celebration felt around the world to embracing who we are, to be proud of ourselves and the LGBT community. It's also to give support, encouragement and hope to those who haven't ventured out of the closet yet. It doesn't mean you have to do it today, but hopefully it shows that there are many of us who have gone through the process and leading happy fulfilled lives. Do it when the time feels right for you (though you may end up having no choice, like me!)

We're proud to openly live our lives openly out as lesbians (in our personal, work and online lives), and enjoy life as wife and wife. But it wasn't necessarily an easy process to get to where we are. Both Whitney and I came out when we were 15/16 years old. We're now nearing 30! (What a scary thought!) Everyone has their own personal experience of coming out. Whitney and I both experienced negative reactions from our mother's, and yet we are both embraced as daughter-in-laws and they're looking forward to our wedding next year! So please do remember, there is always a loving LGBT community out there to support you, and yes, it really does get better.



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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Please Help Me Fundraise for SheLift!


Hi dearest readers, I'm (Megan) fundraising for the wonderful non-profit 'SheLift', which is founded by Sarah Herron (The Bachelor) to empower and inspire girls with physical disabilities. In particular, SheLift are planning an amazing Ski Retreat, of which the money you kindly donate will go towards.

Why do I want to help? You may know me as one half of the vlogging/ blogging duo 'Wegan', where we openly document our lives as wife and wife. We put ourselves out there in hopes to inspire girls to know that they can be happy and gay. What you may not know about me is that I have a disability to my left hand, and it has taken quite a while for me to accept and embrace that part of me. I believe in the mission of SheLift and want girls with physical disabilities to know that they can do, and be, anything!

Please join me with raising funds for SheLift by donating via my CrowdRise site (and feel free to join my team to fundraise further). Thank you SO much! Both Sarah and I really appreciate your support.

Check out the full campaign video below, which I'm also in along with some amazing girls!




SHELIFT: Empowering girls to conquer their personal mountains. SheLift is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Sarah Herron of ABC's The Bachelor, that empowers girls to conquer their personal obstacles by providing them with the tools, experiences and mentorship to work towards living an inspired, authentic life. SheLift brings girls of all ages and body types together to inspire and motivate one another to try things we never thought we could do by ourselves. We organize events, day camps and weekend adventures for girls with physical disabilities – all lead and guided by influential mentors. Our events aim to provide healing and prevention of insecurities for girls who've been made to feel "different."

SKI RETREAT: All proceeds raised from this fundraiser will go towards providing girls a life changing experience. Because the applicants of the SheLift retreats express a universal theme of feeling "different," we aim to provide a very exclusive, premier experience for our girls that makes them feel anything but different. The goal is to heighten their sense of self value and demonstrate to young women that they are worthy of having incredible life experiences. With that said, we are looking into providing the best resources to our ability, which includes our remote, sometimes hard to get to destinations and activities. Funds from this campaign will be used for flights, ground transportation, lodging, healthy meals and groceries, insurance AND most importantly, the equipment and expertise of adaptive ski specialists. Funds will also go towards documentation of the retreat and follow up testimonials from the girls about how the trip impacted their lives. Any additional funds raised will go towards creating local continuing events and activities for all girls to participate in, i.e.: day hikes, yoga, cooking classes, shopping events, spa treatmrents, etc.


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Sunday, 2 October 2016

Check out Whitney's 96 differences she's observed between USA & UK!

Recently Whitney listed all of the differences she has naturally observed between British and American culture. When she realised she had 96 (and could have gone on!) she decided to pull it all together for an article on The Huffington Post. Check it out here or below!

Are you American living in the UK? Which one of these particularly resonates with you? What more would you add? Comment below!


The British are judged on which supermarket they shop at and the hierarchy often goes like this: Waitrose/M&S, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Lidl, Aldi.
2. You may hear a British person ask for “tomato ketchup.” As opposed to the onion ketchup?
3. Getting “pissed” means drunk, but it can also mean angered. Confusing.
4. In restaurants, British people always insist on sitting by the window despite the views; even if it’s pouring (pissing*) down the rain and in the middle of a busy car park. (*Another use of “pissed!”)
5. If you don’t ask your British colleagues if they would like a cup of tea or a coffee when you go to make yours, then you instantly get the stink eye.
6. Drinking alcohol profusely is encouraged at most work events and the rejoicing together the next day with a unanimous hangover.
7. If you need to pee then it’s a “wee,” and if you need the bathroom then it’s “the toilet” or “loo.”
8. The weather is a true topic of conversation, and you will discuss it with at least two people every day. (I now actively join in with this.)
9. In addition, the weather is truly horrific as well, so it’s interesting to discuss!
10. The roads are small and the cars are often smaller.
11. There’s a high volume of hatchbacks on the road and the majority of people drive a manual car. If you have a driving license to drive automatic, then you cannot drive a manual. Oh, and an SUV is immediately called a 4x4.
12. Five-week paid vacations and amazing maternity leave is a real thing and does exist. Hats off to the British for that.
13. Be prepared to pack your own shopping bags and being asked if you would like to pay for a 5p bag (or upgrade to a “bag for life”) otherwise you’re left carrying your items in your hands as all shopping bags now cost 5p to save the environment.
14. When greeting someone you may hear “you alright?” rather than “how are you?” It’s the same thing, but it can get confusing.
15. The British are brand savvy. The vacuum is called the “Hoover;” cream cheese is “Philadelphia;”
16. Band aids are “plasters;”
17. Q-tips are “cotton buds.”
18. Parking lots are called “car parks,” and you will rarely find one that is free. Especially at hospitals!
19. The doctor’s office is known as the “GP Surgery.” There are no operations happening there! You have to go to A&E (accident and emergency), not the ER (emergency room.)
20. Nurses don’t wear scrubs, and you’ll often see them in the traditional uniform (still a dress for women!)
21. British people don’t say they have “errands to run,” rather they have “things/ bits to do.”
22. The police don’t carry guns; therefore, the general public do not carry guns (for the majority.)
23. British people do not make small talk with strangers, and they would never strike up conversation with someone on public transportation.
24. Occasions and get-togethers can sometimes drag on and end awkwardly because no one likes to make excuses to leave.
25. Everyone talks about getting home extensions, and it’s the norm as most houses are very small in comparison to American-style homes.
26. The British do not embrace the fall (aka Autumn) and completely by-pass the pumpkin spice craze like Americans. (Though thank you, Starbucks, for your Pumpkin Spice Lattes!)
27. A large coke at McDonalds is equivalent to a medium in the states. A regular coke is equivalent to a child’s coke in a kids’ meal.
28. There are only three main fast food restaurants, and those are McDonalds, Subway, Burger King, and the occasional KFC.
29. You will rarely see drive-thru banks, Starbucks, fast-food restaurants etc.
30. It’s called a “take away” rather than having “take out.”
31. You rarely receive a lot of (if any) ice in your drink, British people would rather drink a warm coke rather than ice as they see it dilutes their drink and/or they do not get as much coke. This would be because there is no such thing as “free refills” (apart from Nandos or American restaurants like TGI Friday’s.)
32. Pickles are “gherkins” and “pickle” is a type of condiment.
33. Milk is put into coffee. There are no delicious endless flavors (flavours) of coffee mate. Oh, how I miss Amaretto Coffee Mate. And Cool Whip.
34. Biscuits are essentially cookies and not delicious baked goods (though biscuits are similar to scones, which you have with jam and clotted cream.) There is also a clear distinction between what they see as biscuits and cookies in the UK.
35. Bath & Body Works does not exist here. Where am I meant to get my seasonal candles?!
36. It’s “jumpers,” not “sweaters.”
37. “AC” is known as “aircon” and it’s not common to have in British homes and a lot of pubs, shops or restaurants. There are hardly any ceiling fans either.
38. If it’s cold, you turn on the radiators (which are attached to the wall), as opposed to central heating.
39. Everyone loves Obama, hates Donald Trump and are unsure of Hillary. However the choice for Hillary is still clear.
40. There are no plug-ins in the bathrooms, so good luck drying or straightening* your hair in there. (*These are called GHD’s, again its a brand thing.)
41. Stores are referred to as shops and grocery stores are supermarkets.
42. All ‘shops’ close early and it’s not convenient at all to do any shopping after work hours.

43. It’s petrol, not gas, and it’s by the litre not the gallon. You have to go inside the ‘petrol station’ to pay still, the pumps often still don’t take card.
66. Having a dance is often called a ‘boogie’.

44. As the British are typically polite people, the rage can often come out in emails- aka the keyboard warrior.
45. Also if you don’t put any kisses ‘xxx’ at the end of a text/ email/ message to a friend/ loved one (or potential love interest) then they think you don’t like them. They will always put the same amount of kisses that you send them. You can analyse these to see if they’re mad at you also. No kiss means big trouble.
46. People read the newspaper on the tube to avoid small talk and eye contact.
47. As most British homes are incredibly old, you will find no built-in closets. You have to buy them and they are called ‘wardrobes’.
48. The ‘garden’ is your backyard and a garden, as Americans know it, is an ‘allotment’.
49. It’s weird to get a to-go box or a doggy bag at a restaurant. Typically, because you are given the right amount of food per person.
50. The British follow the rules- no speeding, means no speeding. NO talking or texting on your phone, means just that.
51. Eggs are not sold as refrigerated.
52. You rarely see pick-up trucks nor large American style cars.
53. The British value their time outside of work and do not hesitate to book holiday (aka vacation) and take time off when needed.
54. It’s rude not to comment on someone’s tan after they’ve returned from holiday.
55. It’s so easy and and can be cheap to go to Italy or Greece for the weekend.
56. No matter how rich or poor you are- your accent defines you.
57. Full stop = period.
58. It’s not the norm to have a standard coffee pot, rather the British have great kettles (the plug in kind, not the whistling kind).
59. The tea is superb and coffee in general isn’t the best. You will find instant coffee in most house holds.
60. British people will always use a knife and fork to eat their dinner. Some even eat ribs and burgers with a knife and fork.
61. Fries are ‘chips’ and chips are ‘crisps’.
62. KFC does not have mashed potato’s, mac and cheese, green beans or biscuits- they have fries as the main side.
63. Hidden Valley ranch has yet to arrive in the UK.
64. They do eat crumpets and they are delicious- especially with loads of butter and mature cheddar (my personal fav).
65. The British love mature cheddar and it’s the norm to always grate it freshly.
67. Sweet corn, tuna and mayo are just some of the toppings you’ll find on a jacket potato (baked potato), along with baked beans and cheese.
68. Chips are typically served with steak, no matter how ‘posh’ the restaurant. Often triple cooked aka thrice cooked.
69. The date is the opposite way round (day, month, year)
70. They drive on the left side of the road so make sure you look correctly when crossing. You can’t make a turn on red, even if its clear. You’ll come across many roundabouts.
71. Jay Walking isn’t illegal, they just go for it, but they’ll often wait patiently at the zebra crossing.
72. If you watch TV then you must pay a monthly bill for your TV, it’s called a TV licence.
73. VAT (tax) is already included in your purchase. So if something is £0.99, it’s simply that.
74. They pronounce a fillet (as in steak) like ‘fill-it’ rather than ‘feel-lay’).
75. They have separate boys and girls schools, and the uniforms to go with it.
76. A fag is known as a cigarette and it’s not an offensive term in this context. Therefore, you’ll often hear men say “I’m going out for a fag”.
77. No one really knows what a typical grilled cheese sandwich is, instead they’ll have cheese grilled on toast, or a ‘toasty’ (toasted sandwich).
78. You would ‘grill’ something in the oven rather than ‘broil’ it.
79. British bacon is amazing, and there is nothing better than a bacon sandwich aka bacon roll, bacon sarnie, bacon bap.
80. Baked beans are a typical breakfast favourite and you’ll often find it in a “cooked breakfast,” along with scrambled egg, sausages, bacon, fried mushrooms, hash browns and fried bread. There may also be black pudding, which is essentially a blood sausage (no, thanks.)
81. Baked beans and cheese on toast is a normal thing the Brit’s eat.
82. Coke has real sugar in it, rather than high fructose corn syrup.
83. Built-in swimming pools and hot tubs are rare due to space.
84. It’s taboo not to take a holiday.
85. In the winter, it starts to gets dark at 3:45pm, however in the summer it doesn’t get fully dark until after 10:00pm.
86. Apart from fish and chips, Indian food is probably the most loved dish — it is delicious. Chicken tikka masala is actually a British dish!
87. Deliveroo was founded in UK by an American due to the lack of great quality food that you can get delivered. They now deliver restaurant food to your house on bicycles — amazing!
88. You often get paid once a month vs bi weekly.
89. If a food is “quite” good to a British person, then they hate it.
90. Health care is free, which is awesome.
91. The idea of painkillers in the UK is different and mainly consist of ibuprofen and paracetamol. For instance, “I just broke my leg.” “Here, take some ibuprofen.”
92. Time is an interesting one — it’s a 24-hour clock and it’s rare to hear the exact time. It’s either ‘half past’, ‘quarter past’, or ‘quarter to’.
93. You can’t buy milk by the gallon rather it’s by the pint.
94. Going to the movies is “going to the cinema” and you cannot get freshly popped popcorn, or melted butter. (It’s often dry and stale, you can only get salt or sweet.)
95. There are no mailboxes, just letter boxes built within the front door.
96. Brits will cheers to a toast, but they will also say “cheers” to say thanks, and sometimes goodbye.
Cheers!

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

We're on Diva's Power List!



On Friday 16 September 2016, Diva Magazine announced who had made their Inaugural Top 100 DIVA Power List. The list consists of the influential LGBTQI people making a difference and features celebrities, community heroes, business leaders and politicians that inspire the voters.

We're pleased to say that we are placed at number 24 on the list, which is just absolutely amazing!

It's an honour to be surrounded by so many amazing LGBTQI role models, such as Vicky Beeching, Munroe Bergdof and with Olympic Gold medalist boxer Nicola Adams at Number 1! Read more about the Diva Power List here.

Thank you to everyone who nominated us and we'll continue doing what we're doing to the best of our ability!

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Monday, 12 September 2016

What Wegan Wore: Autumn/ Fall 2016


Now that we're into September, the leaves are starting to change and there's a crispness to the air (interupted by random heat waves in the UK, much to Whitney's dismay).

Whitney loves nothing more than Fall / Autumn and couldn't wait to bust out the Autumnal wardrobe.



Whitney:

Jumper/ sweater: H&M
Watch: Burberry
Sunglasses: Tom Ford
Shoes: Zara
Handbag: Louis Vuitton





What Whitney loving calls my resting moody face... I can't help it!


Megan:

Jumper/ sweater: H&M
(get $10 off with WHITNEYANDMEGAN)
Sunglasses: Raybans
Shoes: Mango 
Earings: Orelia


Also, you may spot some writing under Megan's sweater, and that's because I'm wearing a tank that supports the non-profit SheLift. Created by reality star Sarah Herron, SheLift aims to inspire and empower girls with physical disabilities; to believe that yes maybe you literally can even do that! SheLift is organising a ski trip with Paralympian Amy Purdy, which is set to be amazing. Find out more and how you can get involved here: www.shelift.org

Didn't know about Megan's disability? Read all about it here.


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