Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Vegan Carrot + Coriander Soup | Recipe

Sometime in October, I shared my vegan carrot and coriander soup recipe over on my Instagram and it racked up a total of 32 likes, which might not seem a lot to some, but I normally average somewhere between ten and fifteen likes on my photos, so I think it was safe to say that it went down pretty well!
Vegan carrot and coriander soup recipe, love maisie
I absolutely love this soup and it's so easy to make too! I know that coriander isn't everyone's cup of tea, but for those of you who are signed up to the fan club, I highly suggest that you try this out. Even better, it's 100% vegan

1 Tablespoon of oil, for frying (sunflower, vegetable, coconut, it's entirely up to you!)
1 Chopped onion
1 Chopped potato 
3 (450g-500g) Chopped carrots 
2 Knorr's stock pots, made up with 1100ml of boiling water
1 Small handful of fresh coriander, chopped (roughly 1/4 of a supermarket packet

Lightly fry your onions in your choice of oil for a couple of minutes, or until soft, and then add your potato, carrots and stock mixture and bring to the boil. Then, allow to cook for 20-25 minutes, or until the veg is soft. Add in the coriander, a pinch of salt(optional: try garlic salt, mmm) and pepper, before transferring to a food processor or using a hand blender until smooth!  

And there you have it! This recipe is ridiculously easy to make and taste's scrummy if I do say so myself! I'm no food buff, so I really couldn't tell you anything about calories or fat content or any of that jazz, sorry! If you follow the instructions, you'll make around 6 servings, but don't worry, it's freezable too! Will you be trying this recipe out? Let me know! 


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Hot Right Now | Topshop

This is my third installment of my hot right now posts, are you enjoying them so far? You can check out my River Island one here and my New Look one here. You all knew that a Topshop one was coming sooner or later! I had trouble keeping the number of items down for this post because oh my word, Topshop is seriously on point right now!

The first item is actually part of the new Kendall and Kylie Jenner for Topshop range and I think I want to marry it. It's a faux fur, hooded coat in a "shaggy" texture and it's a gorgeous shade of dusty pink! I think it'd look really smart with an all black outfit and seeing as my wardrobe is made up of 90% black clothing, I should totally buy it, right? Unfortunately, the price tag is a little(read largely) on the expensive side and this piece will set you back £110

Pinafore's have made a massive come back over the last couple of months, along with many other 70's inspired pieces of fashion, and I'm really pleased that they have! This cord pinafore dress in a deep burgundy shade is definitely going to be a staple for me over the next couple of months. It sounds sad, but I'm putting together a little list of things that I'd like to treat myself to at the end of the year and this baby is on there! Available online and in store for £39. Also available in Topshop TALL.

This Espresso yourself tee is so simple but adorable all the same. Plus, coffee related, so of course I love it! Currently £18 online and in store.  

I'm still not 100% sure if beanie's suit me but this chunky chain knit beanie is super adorable! They have a selection of colours available but I thought yellow would make for a bit of a change to the dark colours I usually go for in hats! Grab it now for £16.

This poncho is an absolute steal! Originally £30 and now only £15, if you're looking at adding a wrap around poncho to your wardrobe, then I highly suggest that you have a look at Topshop's selection! Mostly really well priced and all totally gorgeous! This grey, oversized, fringe poncho will keep you snug but also looks super stylish! 

If you know me irl(mum, that means "in real life") then you'll know I've got a bit of a thing for a, bags and b, fluffy/faux fur bags! So this faux fur duffle bag is no exception. A little pricy, this duffle bag will cost you £35, let's hope it makes it to the sale section, aye?!  

I bought two pairs of daps the other day, they were on offer at two pairs for £8 so I bought a black pair for work and a white pair for well, whatever, and I really like how they look with jeans, so when I saw these purple trainers i imagined they'd look lush with skinnies too! I love the little touch of sparkle on the back, 115% cute, right! You can snap them up right now for just £24! 

Is khaki a "nice" colour? Do people still actually wear khaki pants? Either way, I think these high-waisted khaki Jamie jeans are gorgeous. Pair them with a white tee, like the espresso yourself tee, perfect, a fedora and some black Chelsea boots for a super casual daytime look! Available in regular, tall and petite, grab them now for £40.

Lastly, is this supersoft tartan check scarf. We all know that I love myself a good scarf. The classic colours and tassel design make this a necessity for everyone's wardrobe. Currently available online for £22.

So there we have it, my top picks from Topshop right now! What have you got your eye on at the moment? Let me know!

Friday, 20 November 2015

November Wishlist | Beauty

As I seem to mention quite frequently, I'm a fairly nosey person, so I love wishlist posts as I love getting to have a peep at what other people are lusting over! So today, I thought i'd share some of my current beauty lusts with you all!

Remember a couple of weeks ago I wrote about the BeautyUK lipstick that I love? Well, I want more! This shade is plumlicious and it looks super dreamy! It actually looks similar in colour to the Makeup Revolution Rebel With Cause lipstick(which i'll be posting a review of next week!). Again, available in Matte or Wet and just £3.49.

NARS palette's always seem to creep their way into my beauty wishlists. They're just so dreamy! The Yeux Irresistible palette consists of six both warm and deep shades, including All About Eve, Thunderball and Grove. I think these shades are perfect for this time of year to achieve a smoky eye with a warm effect to it! Available online for $48. 

I recently saw Jemma of DorkFace talking about this palette and ever since, I've been seeing it everywhere! That's certainly a sign that I should buy it, right? This Makeup Revolution Give Them Nightmares palette is only SIX POUNDS, yup, you heardread right! There are 18 shades in this palette and I really can't wait to get my paws on it and have a play around with all the different looks that you could create with it!

My entire nail polish collection is currently in storage back in Gibraltar, so I'm in desperate need of some new shades. These two polishes are perfect for the festive season! The first nail polish is by Models Own from their Diamond Luxe collection in the shade Marquise Maroon. A shimmery maroon shade that I reckon will look lovely on both short and long nails! I've also included Rimmel London's Glitter Bomb nail polish in Disco Diva. Every girl needs at least one glittery top coat and this champagne esk shade will go beautifully with the Model's Own Marquise Maroon, don't you think?!

I'm not really a massive fan of blusher, but it's the cooler months that I find myself digging to the bottom of my makeup bag for a good flush of colour to my cheeks. This Gosh shade in Rose Whisper seems like a great staple shade that will suit most skin tones! Available online from Superdrug for £7.99.

A couple of weeks ago when I was on the train with Prema, she whacked out one of the MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer's and told me that I had to try them out! I tried an MUA lip gloss a couple of years ago and wasn't overly impressed, but I must admit that these matte lip lacquer's look really tempting! For this month's wishlist, I chose the shade Moxie, which is a rich berry shade. At only £3, I might have to grab a couple of different shades and try them out!

Last but not least is the Zoella Beauty Soap on a Stick! I'm mainly lusting after this product because the packaging is down right adorable! We've all heard of soap on a rope but this soap on a stick idea is pretty cute, huh?! I think this would make a really great stocking filler gift too! Available from Superdrug for £5.

So there we have it, my November beauty wishlist! What are you lusting over this month? Let me know and link me to your November wishlists!


Thursday, 19 November 2015

Top 5 Christmas Jumpers | 2015

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I know, I know, it's only the 19th of November, but that means that it's only 36 days until good ol' Saint Nick pays those on the nice list a visit! Although I'll be working all day on Christmas day, (If you feel bad for me a bit, don't, they pay is great) I'm definitely in the mood for the festive season this year! I've already got loads of really great Christmas blog post ideas, so I guess this is the start of the festive blogging here on Love, Maisie!

Polar Bear With Reindeer Antlers and Fairy Lights
A polar bear.. wearing a headband with reindeer antlers on it.. wrapped up in fairy lights, erm, a little ridiculous really, so of course I want it! I can't find a UK link for this jumper but you can find it on the US Amazon for just under £20! 

Really, you could wear this jumper all year round, couldn't you? I don't care what anyone says, if you say that you don't wake up early on Christmas Day, you're lying. This jumper is from New Look and will cost you £19.99. New Look have a fair few Christmas jumpers in this year and it's not just this one that's pretty epic! See here here and here!

Cute, Sassy Penguin
Of course I needed to include a pink jumper in this post and what's better than a pink Christmas jumper with a sassy penguin on it? Not much, I know. Believe it or not, this one is actually from George at Asda! It's currently out of stock on their website but I'm sure(#praying) it'll be available again soon and you can probably snap it up in store too! £14 and it's yours!

Festive Bird
A fairly subtle jumper now, but this Joules number is pretty sweet! Obviously, with such a brand comes a chunky price tag so this bad boy will set you back £50, but I personally think it's totally worth it! If you're not sure about how you feel towards Christmas jumpers, then perhaps something along these lines would be more suitable for you! Currently available to buy from John Lewis online, here.

Kiss Me It's Christmas
Last but not least is another adorable jumper from George at Asda! Now, not only is this cute, glittery printed jumper erm CUTE AS HECK, but it's only £12 AND it lights up AND it's musical! Oh my word, have I sold it to you yet? Maybe a little ott for some, but I'll definitely be picking this one up next time I stop by Asda!

So there we have it, my top 5 picks for Christmas jumpers this year! Are you feeling in the festive spirit? What's your favourite Christmas jumper? Let me know!


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Falling In Love With Virginia Water

Virginia Water, Love Maisie
Last Thursday, Jack took me to one of the most beautiful places I think I've ever been. Virginia Water. Located just 6 miles from Windsor town center, this beautifully man made lake and surrounding park is well worth the visit if you're in the area!

We spent a good few hours walking around the grounds and taking in all the idyllic, autumnal surroundings, searching for mushrooms and we even found a squirrel! Cue a very excited Maisie making squealing sounds. It's so peaceful here and as cliche as this sounds, there were a handful of times where I felt overwhelmed with great big, mushy waves of happiness and honestly, minus the fact that it was freezing and the sun decided to perform a disappearing act, I didn't want to leave.
Virginia Water, Love Maisie
Virginia Water, Love Maisie
We walked for miles and miles and got lost at a few points too, but none the less it was a great day! There are a couple for houses scattered throughout the grounds and I'm so unbelievably jealous of whoever is lucky enough to own them!
Virginia Water, Love Maisie
Virginia Water, Love Maisie
How gorgeous is this waterfall? Imagine having that as a water feature in your back garden!

There were so many people walking their dogs, we even saw a woman with around seven German Shepard's(just in case you were wondering, yes, she looked incredibly badass), one of which was still a puppy and ohemgeeeee, I wanted to pet them all! I did manage to pet a cute little scruffy pup, which then ended in what I can only assume was a 2ft tall child cursing me for touching his dog..
Virginia Water Later, Love Maisie
Virginia Water, Love Maisie
Sadly, we did have to leave and so off we trotted to the car park ticket machine, only to find ourselves 10p short! Sure, we had plenty of 5p coins but oh yeah, that's right, no ticket machine in the history of ever takes 5p coins do they?! Luckily, there were a couple of people about so I approached a lovely gent, who surprise surprise was walking his dog, to ask him if he had a 10p coin in exchange for our two 5p's, slightly embarrassing really, but hey, if you don't ask, you don't get!  

I already can't wait to go back here, especially in the spring/summer time when it's a bit warmer and less wet for a little picnic! I could take #ootd's here for the rest of my blogging life and not run out of backdrops! Have you visited Virginia Water before? Do you love it as much as I do? Let me know!

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