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Halloween Nail Art | Tutorial #1

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hey everyone! How excited are you that it's Halloween in just THREE days?! If you haven't already noticed, I love Halloween!

So I decided as part of "Halloween week" here on the blog, I thought i'd give you guys an awesome nail art tutorial, so here it is! If you're like me and find it hard enough deciding what make up/hair/costume to wear on Halloween, nails just become a bit of chore don't they? But here's a super awesome way to do your nails for Halloween that will go with literally any costume, plus, it only takes five minutes! I hope you like it!
So to start, you'll need to prepare the surface that you're working on as it's going to get quite messy! I just used a piece of paper, but i'd suggest using something a bit more durable like an old cloth or something. You'll also need a straw, a red nail polish of your choice, I used Barry M's "Red Wine" and a white nail polish of your choice, any odd one will do. I've had this one for ages, my old flat mate gave it to me, I don't even know what make it is, but it did the job!
The first thing you're going to have to do is paint all your nails white. You don't need to be particularly neat right now as you're going to have to clean up around the edges later anyway.
Next is the fun part! So what you're going to do is simply take your straw and pop it inside the red nail polish until it's completely saturated with polish. Then, BLOW! From a distance of about 30cm, gently blow into the straw, towards your nails. I found that I got the best effect by sort of shaking my head in the process too!(innuendo's galore..PLEASE make sure you don't breathe IN the nail polish! 
All that's left to do now is clean up! Using cotton pads or buds soaked in acetone/nail polish remover, clean around the nail and on your fingers/hands(trust me, it gets everywhere!), and viola! There you have it! Your blood spattered nails! I'm sorry that this last photo is half blurry, I didn't realise when I took them, oops! They'll go with any Halloween costume! I really hope that has inspired/helped some of you! If you try this out, please send me photos on Twitter(@thelifeofmaisie) or Instagram(@maisieejo), I'd love to see them!

So, if you haven't already heard, I started my very own youtube channel! You can check out my first video here and make sure to subscribe as i've got an awesome Halloween video coming this Thursday, woop!
Happy (almost) Halloween everyone!
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Quote of the Week | #47

Monday, October 27, 2014

"Be in love with your life, every minute of it"

I think people spend so much time fantasising about what their life could be like and comparing their life to others', whether that's a friend's or celebrities, rather than actually enjoying their own! Before you know it, we'll all be 60 years old and thinking, damn why did I never do this or that.

Live a bit more in the now and enjoy it! You're probably a lot more fortunate than you think!
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Polyvore Style Board | #41

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Keeping it quite simple this week, yet again. I'm not boring am I?

I've always had a thing for New Look, to the point where i'm seriously contemplating starting up a petition to get one opened here in Gibraltar! Who's with me? This dress is something that's being duped at every single high street store this season, but this is the best price i've found so far, just £19.99. I honestly took forever to create this style board because I kept finding loads of great ways to style the dress!

You all know that I have a problem with boots, i've accepted that now, ha! How lush are these though? The whole, chunky cut out boot thing was massive last autumn/winter and it's still massive now! These are too from New Look so of course you get a great price with the, £29.99. I think they add to the rocker esk feel of this dress. Although, I think tights would be a pretty good idea as you don't want your pins freezing off.

If you don't know where the reference on this hat is from, close this tab right now, unless you're willing to google it and then come back, that'd be okay. Also, where have you been for the last ten years? Hats are pretty much my way of saying, i'm having a shit hair day and the fact that this one has a Mean Girls slogan on it just makes it 100% more desirable. I found this beanie on a site called Modekungen which i'd never heard of before, but they offer free shipping worldwide, so i'll be back on there as soon as pay day hits!

I am in love with this bag, really in love. Again, I think it just compliments the outfit perfectly. I love the little touch of gold hard ware on the handle, side and bottom. It's actually half price right now, down from $140 to $75 which I think is around £45, not bad at all!

Last but not least is this chunky, gold necklace.  I didn't want to accessorise the dress too much as I feel that it just really didn't need it. The necklace adds a nice touch to the whole look though, just enough bling to help bring it all together. This item is also on sale for only £6!

What do you think of this look? Do you love it as much as I do? Let me know!
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Saturday, October 25, 2014
Hey everyone!
So if you have me on your social media, you'll know that my first ever YouTube video went up on my brand new channel on Thursday, woop woop!
So here it is! I'd love it if you gave it a watch and a cheeky little thumbs up if you enjoyed it!?
I'll be uploading a new video every Thursday! Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss my next video!
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Top 5 Right Now | Topshop Jackets

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It's no secret that i'm a bit of a Topshop-aholic, not even sorry. Last year I bought, hands down, the best coat in the world from Topshop and this year, i'm eyeing them up again and I need your help to help me decide which I should get! So here are the options.

First up is this gorgeous Check Print Jersey Coat. Now if you know me in person, you'll know that I lack, height. I think i'd need to try this baby on to see if it suited me or not because i'm scared it'll just drown me! I feel as though this coat can completely change an outfit, simply throw it over a pair of jeans and a tee and you're sorted! You can grab it online now for £75

Next up is a Parka Jacket, of course! Such a casual/essential for winter! The parka I bagged last year is rather large/hefty, no hate, but sometimes you just want something a bit lighter, especially if you're going to have to be taking it on and off constantly. What makes this jacket for me is the furry hood, winning? Buy it here for £78.

My favourite of the five is this Dogtooth Wrap Over Coat. Such a flattering fit and the dogtooth pattern is in, yet again! It sort of reminds me of a dressing gown and make's it seem even more comfortable. Does that make sense or am I just losing it? Of course my favourite would be the most expensive on the list wouldn't it. You can order this online now for £85

This jacket is pretty much the same as the first parka except it's a deep wine red shade rather than your usual parka colour. Perfect for the festive season, don't you think? Again, available for £78.

Last but not least is this Wool and Fleece Style Wrap Over Coat. Another that I feel i'd certainly have to try on in store. The majority of my wardrobe is black and white, so i'm slowly adding some grey to it, daring I know! Another classy fit that can be thrown over something casual to jazz it up but look equally as beautiful over a smart evening outfit.

So which do you think I should snap up!? Which is your favourite? Let me know below!
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Quote of the Week | #46

Monday, October 20, 2014

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them" - Walt Disney
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I think our generation's biggest fear/mistake is not taking risks or having courage to follow through with things to achieve the things we want to do in life. It starts when you're in year nine and you need to choose your GCSE options which will essentially line you up for your A Level options which will set you up for University. 

I myself remember feeling incredibly pressured when I chose my GCSE options and i'm pretty sure most of the people around me felt the same. Once I got to my A Levels I was so confused by all the options I had, do I carry on with my A Levels and go off to University or do I step out in to the great big world of "work" and start having to do things like tax and pay out bills and rent?

In the last six years i've wanted to be and achieve so many things. Many of them I have, because I learnt to have faith and believed in myself and I had the courage to step out of the crowd and do what I wanted to do because I wanted to do it, not because society told me that I had to.

I guess what i'm trying to say here is unless it's something dangerous or life threatening, give it a shot, you'll never know unless you try. If you really want to study to be the best Doctor in your town, do it and put all your courage and might in to it and you will be the best Doctor you can possibly be. If you want to move to a different city to pursue your career in the West End, then do it! What's holding you back? Stop being scared into doing things that you don't want to do, just because society tells you have to do it to be normal.

Everyone has courage, sometimes it just takes us some time to find it within ourselves ♡ I hope you have a fantastic day and remember, keep on smiling ♡
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