Meet Merle

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Did you know that ‘merle’ in French means blackbird? Hence the wee birdie I drew as my logo.

My parents named me after movie star Merle Oberon.

I love my name.

I also love cats (like, really love them), Hello Kitty, red lipstick and vintage things.

Particularly from the 1970s. I’d love to live in a 1970s-built house, filled with 1970s treasures, and a lot of orange and brown.

I’ve been writing, professionally, since I was 21. My career was a complete accident, but it’s been fun.

In the last 20-odd years, I’ve covered football, interviewed celebrities, reviewed pubs and clubs, styled fashion shoots home and abroad, and played with  reviewed THOUSANDS of beauty products, and been paid for it.

I was a Football Reporter for an agency, I worked at a top football club for four years as a club magazine reporter, and then I did six years at the Daily Record, as Features Writer, and Fashion and Beauty Editor.

I became freelance in 2005, and work from my wee home office.

I used to blog at Beauty Bombshells – the archive is still there, if you fancy a look at beauty with an old Hollywood movie star twist.

Welcome to Merle’s World. Grab a cuppa and stick around for a while, why don’t you?