SUNDAY STYLE BOARD | #45

I actually can't believe that I haven't posted a Sunday style board since November last year, oh my wow! I'm really enjoying being back to blogging more often so I thought, why not bring back an old favourite section, the Sunday style boards!

As I'm sure you all know by now, I'm expecting my first little bundle of joy in January and I am well and truly starting to show! Being comfortable is my main mission right now, especially when we get those super hot days, so shirt dresses are something of a comfort to me at the moment. This denim shirt dress from Topshop(£40) is actually maternity, so that's a bargain! As always, I've teamed it with some white Converse(£45) because you can never, ever go wrong with white converse, right?

Can we please talk about how adorable this handbag is and the fact that it's cruelty free and Betsey Johnson and only £55! If we weren't saving for our actual baby I'd certainly have ordered this little baby by now. Small in size and technically a clutch, it does have a thin, gold chain strap which seems to be able to fit across body and be teamed with gold hardware.. and it's a freakin' deer, how can you not love it? Betsey Johnson have multiple adorable bags available at the moment and you can have a peep on the Macy's website for them, go on, I dare you! (I actually want all of them, ngl)

I'm forever eyeing up watches but never committing to buying them, especially ones that have a hefty price tag attached to them, because I can never 100% make my mind up! Is anyone else like this with watches? Overly picky? This DKNY watch(around £40) is super simple, yet I feel as though it will stand out against this fairly simple outfit and it won't break the bank! It's a light rose gold shade that I personally think looks sophisticated and elegant and will go with pretty much any outfit.

These sunglasses are a bit of a luxury item but I couldn't not include them in this post because when I laid eyes on them(is that a pun or just an awful choice of words? Either way I'm slightly ashamed of myself) I fell in love. They're Dolce & Gabbana and will set you back a hefty £230(erm, ouch) but my goodness are they gorgeous! I just simply wouldn't purchase these sunglasses for fear of losing them, because £230 is a lot of money to forget on the train, right? Then again, the Marissa collections website is offering free shipping right now? Hmmmm.

Last but not least, to complete the whole look I thought a bold red lip would do the trick. I've rekindled my love for a red lip recently and have been rocking my beloved Beauty UK lipstick in the shade Vampire, so when I found this NARS, semi matte lippy in the shade Jungle Red(£22), I thought it was just perfect for this post! What do you think?     

So I'm pretty sure I'll be posting a handful more of these posts over the next couple of months. Did you miss the Sunday style boards? What did you think of this look? Let me know below and I hope you've all been having a wonderful bank holiday weekend!
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MY CHANGING BODY | PREGNANCY + BODY IMAGE

As I write this post, I am 18 weeks and two days pregnant and I am still so grateful to be able to be on this crazy, whirlwind of a journey, I really am. As I write this post, I look down and see the little bump protruding from my abdomen, which I know is where my little bundle of joy is all snuggled up. As I look up at myself in the mirror, I see me, but I also see a body that I do not recognise.
If you've read my blog for a while, you'll know that body image is something that I've struggled with on and off for the longest time. If it's not my arms that i'm battling with it's my stomach and if it's not my stomach then it's my thighs. I'm pretty sure most people will have specific parts of their body that they're not completely satisfied with and I for one am struggling with my growing body.

I think pregnant women that express negative feelings about their body often get judged massively, but if something is bothering you or getting you down, you should definitely speak up about it. When I found out that I was pregnant, I knew that my body would change and grow, I just didn't realise how much so and how soon. I fully understand that my body is doing something absolutely amazing by creating a brand new life that I'm already so excited to meet, but that doesn't mean that my brain still won't have alarm bells ringing when my face looks fuller and my jeans start getting tight around my thighs. 
When I asked Jack to take some photos for me for a blog post, I had a cute little outfit of the day style post planned, but when I saw myself on the phone screen, I was hit by a feeling of, whoa, my body really is growing. I knew my baby bump was there, but honestly, I wasn't quite aware of how large my chest now looked and how much my legs didn't resemble the legs of the Maisie I thought they did.

I really am working on look past my own vanity, but when your brain is telling you that you look awful on an almost daily basis, it's hard to ignore it, even when you are continuously telling yourself that you're literally growing a human being. I'm sure i'm not the first or the only mumma to be that feels like this and if there are two things that I have started telling myself that actually seem to be taking some sort of effect on my mind, is a, that this changing body of mine will, before I know it, be bringing a teeny tiny human into this world that I will get to cherish forever and b, is only this little babys home for a little while longer and then it will start looking different all over again! 
But then I see how much I'm smiling in all of the photos we took this day and I think, isn't that what matters though? (Please ignore Jack's profanities) On the good days, I'm the happiest I've ever been and I wouldn't change my little life for the world. I honestly feel blessed to be (generally) this happy and to be so healthy. 

I know that I'll get through this pregnancy with a few more hiccups when it comes to my body image, but at the end of the day, I'm doing something magical and I know all of these hardships will be totally worth it, so take that brain! How do you deal with body image during pregnancy? Did you sruggle with it or does it not phase you? I'd love to hear from you guys! 
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9 TO 5 CLEANSING LOTION | LUSH REVIEW

9 to 5 Cleansing Lotion | Lush Review | Love, Maisie
Back in June I blogged about my new favourite toner from Lush and this month, since I've been trailing it for a couple of months now, I thought I'd talk to you about my other most recent Lush purchase. So here I am, bringing you another blogger favourite, Lush's 9 to 5 cleansing lotion! Sorry not sorry if you're bored of hearing about this product

As far as cleansers go, I've basically been using a mix of Garnier products for the past.. well, forever! So on my last trip to Lush I decided to give in to the ever so popular 9 to 5 cleansing lotion. I'd never used a lotion cleanser before so I was pretty eager to give it a go and compare it to my staples. Plus, for a huge 240g bottle, it's pretty cheap in comparison to some high end brands. I'm still using my micellar water to remove the bulk of my make up, but then I've been going in with this bad boy and giving my skin that extra cleanse that it probablydefinitely needs!
The main ingredients in the 9 to 5 cleansing lotion are Almond Oil, Fresh Dove Orchid extract and Ylang Ylang oil, which if you know anything about me by now it's that I adore the scent of ylang ylang(plus it's an amazing oil for balancing both dry and oily skin, bargain)! It claims to brighten, soothe and moisturise your skin. I'm not sure if my skin is looking brighter because of this product, or because of the tiny human growing inside of me but either way, after using the 9 to 5 cleansing lotion, my skin does feel super duper smooth and refreshed.    

Because I generally take my make up off before using this cleansing lotion, I often just smear it all over my face with the tips of my fingers before removing it gently using wet cotton pads, which I then dry off and follow with a sprtiz of my Tea Tree Toner Water. Of course, this product is 100% Vegan and I highly recommend it if you're looking for something to add to your skin care routine that will leave your skin feeling super duper fresh, morning or night!

Have you tried out Lush's 9 to 5 cleansing lotion before? What did you think? Or are you not as big a fan as I am? Let me know!
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK | #72

"Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations"
It's true isn't it, in life, the toughest of times will always lead you to the brightest of times? At least I like to think so anyway. I'm not going to lie, I didn't think pregnancy would be as challenging as it has already proved to be, and I'm sure it'll get tougher too. But I know that the end result is something so beautiful, something that nothing in this world can compare to. 

I'd like to dedicate today's blog post to the beautiful Erin from www.erincharlotte.com Just remember this little quote my lovely. Your beautiful destination is right around the corner ♡ 
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BUMP UPDATE | WEEKS 15 + 16

I honestly can't believe how fast time is flying by! Weeks 15 and 16 were so completely different to each other for me! Here's a little run down.
During week 15 the only negative thing that happened was that I woke up twice during the night with an insane cramp in my calf that meant I actually couldn't get up out of bed. I know I sound ridiculous! Has anyone else had this before? Once it passed, it wasn't too bad but holy wow did my muscles ache for the rest of the day. During week 15 I also spent a Saturday out and about in Southampton which proved to be a little tiring. I need to get myself a fitbit so that I can count my steps on day trips like that!

Overall, I found week 15 pretty easy peasy, my skin had finally started clearing, I had way more energy than I did throughout the whole of my first trimester and I generally felt myself (OH except for that horrendous nosebleed at 5am, fun fun fun)! But then week 16 hit and boy oh boy was it headache and hormone central!

Honestly, there were a couple of days in week 16 where I felt like I'd never feel "normal" again. There was even a time where I was laughing at something funny that Jack had said but within 5 seconds it turned into sobbing for no reason what-so-ever, thanks hormones! It was definitely a mentally challenging week to say the least. I know that feeling low or just not yourself is very common in pregnancy, but it doesn't make it feel any nicer. Thankfully, I am surrounded by incredible people and bless his soul, Jack is always there for me when I need him, even if it is to just cry at his jokes. (ps, please please pleaseeeeee put your clothes away!)
As you can see from the photo, I'm certainly starting to show! Although, I still kind of feel like I just look a bit dumpy! I'm pretty in love with this asos tee. I have two other slogan tops from asos that I'm excited to crack out, can you tell I'm a little bit excited to be preggos?

Before I end today's post, I just want to say a huge congratulations to the lovely Lyndsay over at FizzyPeaches on announcing her little bump too! I'll be back in two weeks time with another bump update, but until then, why not keep up to date with me and bump on twitter and Instagram! Don't forget to leave your favourite mummy bloggers below!
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