FOXES ON MY SMOCK | OOTD

FOXES ON MY SMOCK | OOTD | LOVE, MAISIE
A couple of weekends ago, Jack and I had a little adventure day out in Camberley. We ate delicious vegan pizza's at Zizzi and spent probably too long for Jack's liking in Primark. Before we headed up, we popped to South Hill Park for a coffee date with one of Jack's good friends Catherine, who it turns out is a super duper lovely little lady. If you watched my my most recent vlog, you'll have seen some clips of South Hill Park and it's pretty stunning for our little local!

Prior to this day, I'd been pretty poorly with a stinking cold, so in an attempt to make myself feel human, I decided I'd dress up a bit and so popped one of my favourite dresses. I picked this dress up for around £15 from a website called Oasap. Their shipping was so quick! The estimated delivery was something like 10 days but it arrived in about half that time, Sadly, it's no longer available on their website but I did find the same dress on another website, so you can grab it right here. I love foxes and I'm not entirely sure why but I when I saw this dress, I had to have it.

I really love the smock fit of this dress, it's super comfortable and although not terribly flattering, I feel really confident when I'm wearing it! I decided to pair it with my trusty Chelsea boots and my Bershka faux leather jacket. In the past, I've styled this dress with white pumps and a big, cosy orange knit cardigan. I'm sure when the warmer months come around, that's if they ever do, I'll be able to ditch the tights and swap the boots out for some strappy sandals.
FOXES ON MY SMOCK | OOTD | LOVE, MAISIE
Smock Dress - Oasap (Alt store)| Chelsea Boots - Red Herring | Jacket - Bershka | Handbag - Primark | Scarf - Stolen from my mother

So what do you think of this little smock number? How would you style it? Let me know!
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10 THINGS I WANT TO DO WHILST I'M 22

Why hello there you lovely human! Guess what, I turned 22 years old this month, WHAT?! That's right, twenty two, queue Taylor Swift. I've been having a major creative block/struggle this past month, so forgive my absence, but I'm back and I'm more determined than ever! So far, 22 year old me hasn't really got up to much except for work, boring adult now sorry, so I thought I'd put together a little bucket list/goals post of some basic and fun and exciting things that I'd like to do/achieve in the next 12 months!

1. Master the art of waking up successfully at 5.30am for work. Three days out of my working week, I have to wake up at 5.30am. For one, this never happens, my alarm goes off repeatedly until around 6.00am where by this point, Jack is trying his very hardest to wake me because we leave the house at 6.30am and in my half asleep state I basically just refuse to get out of bed. Basically, I suck at mornings and I really need to get better at them. Any tips guys?

2. Start having breakfast. Because of the above problem, I never have time for breakfast, but I know that I really should make more of an effort to have that first meal of the day. I'm not too keen on eating super early but it's a habit I'd like to get in to. I actually really love breakfast foods, toast, yogurt, pancakes.. nom!

3. Take a holiday to somewhere I've never been before. I've only traveled to a small handful of places in my 22 years, so I'd very much like to explore a few more corners of the world in the next 12 months! Don't get me wrong, I'm very grateful to have seen and experienced what I have, but I crave to see more of this big floating blue sphere that we inhabit(let's blame pinterest).

4. Take a trip back to somewhere I've already been. Paris or Barcelona maybe? Two beautiful cities that I can't wait to get back to.

5. Really get into my Etsy store. At the beginning of the year, I launched my new eEsy store.. with two products on it. In the next 12 months I really want to work as hard as I can to help it kick off! If you'd like to help me with this little mission then please feel free to have a peep at my store here.

6. Have an article published. As some of you may or may not know, hopefully within the next few months, I should have my journalism diploma! As much as I love the digital world of blogs and online magazines/publications, it's been a dream of mine for so long to have an actually piece that I've written, published in an actual magazine or newspaper! I'll be keeping everything crossed for this one.

7. Get fit. But like, really get fit. I'm vegan, please don't be offended if you feel as though I've mentioned that more than once on MY blog, but there is so much sugar/crap in my diet, I just love the stuff! So the plan for this one is to drop my sugar intake and up my fitness time.. my fitness time is currently non existent! Although, I did recently download a super cool app called Freeletics that I think will help me with the fitness side of things!

8. Run a half marathon. Yup, you read that correctly, a marathon! If you know of any good ones that work with great charities then please let me know about it so I can sign myself up! Note, I would say a full marathon but I really don't see that one happening..

9. Create a proper routine in my life. You know, like super organised people have? Wake up, breakfast, gym, work, chores, dinner, blog, read, bed. Ahhhh, if only! But I really do want to work some sort of half decent routine into my life, so that I get the most out of my free time!

10. Keep a diary. Old school, right? I have so many lovely notebooks that I need to put to use and I've wanted to start keeping a personal diary for yonks now, so why wait! I used to write diary's/journal's when I was younger and have dabbled in and out of them for years now, but last week, I started a brand new one, let's see if I can stick to it!

What are your goals for the next 12 months? Let me know, I'd love to hear!

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Speedy Vegan Mushroom Risotto With Indigo Herbs

Speedy Vegan Mushroom Risotto With Indigo Herbs | Love, Maisie

Hello again you lovely lot! Welcome back to my three part blog series! If you missed the first one, you can read it right here. For today's blog post, I'm going to be sharing my vegan mushroom risotto recipe with you all! As I was vegetarian for so many years, a good mushroom risotto was something I often ordered at restaurants, but alas, since becoming the little vegan lady that I am, risotto hasn't really been something I've been able to order off the menu! 

As part of my lovely Indigo Herbs bundle that I received recently, there was an Indigo Herbs supplement that I was super excited to try out and that is their Shiitake Mushroom Powder*. I find that mushrooms are a bit like marmite, you either love them like I do or hate them like I hate marmite. 

Again, this isn't the most attractive looking thing that I've ever made/eaten but boy oh boy is it tasty! Insert heart eye emoji here. Let's get to it!

Ingredients:
900ml of boiling water
1 tbsp Olive Oil
250g Closed Cup Chestnut Mushrooms
1/2 Red Onion
185g Risotto Rice
60ml Dry White wine
15g Dairy Free Pure Olive Oil Butter
Salt and pepper to taste 
10 minutes prep 30-35 minutes to cook.

You want to start off by preparing all your ingredients. I sliced my mushrooms into fairly large pieces and diced my half onion into quite small pieces. I also made a sort of broth mixture by mixing my boiling water with my shiitake mushroom powder.

Heat your oil in a large pot/pan before adding the mushrooms and onions. I fryed these on a medium heat for about 5 minutes until they mushrooms and onion became soft and the water from them had started to come out(I'm sure there's a better way to explain that but you know what I mean).

Next up, you just want to add your risotto rice into your pan, and mix it until it's sort of coated in your veg mixture before pouring your dry white wine into it. Stir this in for around another minute before beginning to add your shiitake mushroom powder stock to the pan. I added around 200ml at a time so that the rice had time to absorb it gradually, rather than just swimming in a mushroom and onion bath.

Once all the stock has been added and absorbed, it's time to turn the heat right down and add your vegan cheese and butter! The cheezly red cheddar does surprisingly melt into the mixture which adds a really lovely creaminess to this dish! Nom!
How easy was that? Still not the most Instagram worthy looking meal ever, but it's delicious and the shiitake mushroom powder is pretty darn good for you! It enlivens the immune system and has a high polysaccharides count. Not gonna lie, I had to Google this but, polysaccharides are stored in the liver and muscles and saved as energy for later use, our bodies are pretty neat, huh?

How are you enjoying my Indigo Herbs collaboration posts so far? There's another one coming your way tomorrow so make sure you pop back bright and early at 7am! Have you tried the Indigo Herbs shiitake mushroom powder? Will you be trying out this recipe? If you do, be sure to let me know!

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*Disclaimer: Although this product was gifted to me by the above company, all opinions on the product are 100% honest and of my own and are not representative of the company. I would never give a false/misleading opinion of a product, no matter what relationship I have with the company.

Vegan Ginger + Pumpkin Seed Butter Cookies!

Vegan Ginger + Pumpkin Seed Butter Cookies! | Love, Maisie with Indigo Herbs
One of the many reasons why I love being Vegan is that it's an extra excuse to bake delicious, vegan goodies! When Indigo Herbs got in touch again and asked if I'd be interested in creating a couple more recipes(Remember my kick ass vegan super food balls?!) with a new bundle of their products, I couldn't have said yes fast enough! 

In total, I'm going to be showing you five new products from Indigo Herbs that I've been using in the kitchen. I've created, tried and testedtasted three brand new recipes for you all that I'll be sharing over the next couple of days here on Love, Maisie! The first of these three recipe's is my ginger and raw, organic pumpkin seed butter cookies, which are 100% vegan and have delicious melty dark chocolate chips in! I'm actually really proud of myself for this recipe, purely because I honestly don't think I've ever eaten a cookie as delicious as these! So, what will you need?
Vegan Ginger + Pumpkin Seed Butter Cookies! Love, Maisie with indigo Herbs
200g Wholemeal Buckwheat Flour
140g Light Brown Soft Sugar
100g Dairy Free Pure Olive Oil Butter (plus a little extra for greasing the tin)
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1/8 tsp Ground Nutmeg
1 tbsp Sunflower Oil
3 tbsp's Water
1 tsp Pure Madagascan Vanilla
40g Dark Chocolate Chips (optional)

Start by beating your Indigo Herbs pumpkin seed butter, Dairy Free Pure olive oil butter and light brown sugar altogether until it has a creamy consistency. I did this by hand so it was a pretty intense arm work out, so feel free to use a kitchen aid on a low setting. 
Vegan Ginger + Pumpkin Seed Butter Cookies! Love, Maisie with indigo Herbs
You'll need to get yourself a little bowl to put your water, oil and pure Madagascan vanilla into and save it for a little later on. 

Mix all of your dry ingredients (wholemeal buckwheat flour, bicarbonate of soda, nutmeg and Indigo Herbs ginger powder) together in a separate bowl before slowly adding it into your creamy, sweet butter mixture, along with your little bowl of vanilla oil and chocolate chips if you're using them! Again, you can do this by hand, you'll just need a little elbow grease! 

Now that all your ingredients are together, they should hold a fairly "batter" like consistency. The best thing you can do with your cookie mixture now is to pop it in the fridge for around 30 minutes to chill. 
Vegan Ginger + Pumpkin Seed Butter Cookies! Love, Maisie with indigo Herbs
Whilst your mixture is chilling out in the fridge, you'll want to pre-heat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius (or 350 degrees Fahrenheit for you American's, analytic's tells me there a fair amount of you so I thought I'd better write the equivalent) and grease one or two large baking trays/tins with some of your Pure Dairy Free olive oil butter.

Once your mixture has had it's down time in the fridge, it's time to separate and roll your mixture into 12-18 balls, depending on how big or small you want your cookies to be! Place your balls(how many times can I type balls whilst keeping a straight face) onto your ready greased baking tray and just gently squish them on the top, but there's no need to flatten them!

Pop your tray(s) into the oven for just 12 minutes. When you take your super delicious smelling cookies out of the oven, they will still feel rather soft, but that's fine, upon cooling they'll harden more than you'd think! I'd say give the cookies about 5 minute's before you transfer them to a cooling rack, just to avoid any fatalities! 

Once cooled, pop the kettle on, put your feet up and tuck into those bad boys, you deserve it and they're super duper yummy, I tell ya!
Vegan Ginger + Pumpkin Seed Butter Cookies! | Love, Maisie with Indigo Herbs
I had loads of fun creating (and tasting) this recipe! If you get round to trying it out for yourself then I'd love to know what you think of them! I know they're a fairly odd colour for a cookie but I can't stress enough how lush they taste! You don't need to feel too guilty about eating them either! The pumpkin seed butter is nutritiously rich, high in minerals, is a great source of protein, dietary fibre and vitamin B1!

What do you think of these cookies? Are you going to be trying them? I highly suggest that you do! Oh and if you do, be sure to tag me on twitter or Instagram


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Be Nice Or Be History | #OOTD

Be Nice Or Be History | #OOTD | Love, Maisie
Be Nice Or Be History | #OOTD | Love, Maisie
Be Nice Or Be History | #OOTD | Love, Maisie
Faux Fur Coat - Thrifted, vintage | Jeans - Dorothy Perkins | Top, Bag & Trainers - Primark | Rings - Sainsburys

Long time no outfit of the day! I absolutely love #ootd posts, both reading and creating them! I picked up this amazing vintage faux fur jacket on Tewkesbury high street back in January and I actually can't believe it's taken me this long to blog it! I highly doubt that this will be it's last appearance though! It only cost me £20 and I'd say that's pretty cheap for true love, wouldn't you?

My other favourite thing about this outfit is the cute af tee. I found this in Primark whilst in Southampton the other weekend visiting my little brother. I think it's supposed to be a crop top, but I sized up for a super baggy fit and because the top half of my body is ridiculously short it's kind of hard to tell, oops. I'm really loving this khaki colour at the moment too! I know spring is well and truly on it's way but i'm clinging onto dark coloured clothing for as long as possible.. as always!

What do you think of this little look? How do you feel about the faux fur bargain? And can we just appreciate the fact that i'm wearing actually trainers on the blog for the first time in about two years! Let me know how you'd style this coat!

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