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Tickled Pink Fancy Dress Challenge

Friday, December 18, 2015
A couple of week's ago, Tickled Pink Fancy Dress got in touch to see if I wanted to take part in their fancy dress challenge. It's me, so of course I couldn't say no! I love any excuse to dress up, especially if it's fancy dress attire! 

So I had a good browse over the website and chose my favourite outfit, which is this gorgeous 1920's inspired Fever Flapper Dress*(£19.99)! For those of you who don't know, I adore the 1920's, I actually styled one of my textile's coursework's around that roaring time! 
tickled pink fancy dress challenge love maisie

Portivo Lounge, Gloucester | #FOOD

Thursday, December 17, 2015
Last week, myself and Jack had arranged to see each other on Sunday, so on Saturday evening in my true lastminute dot com self, I decided to have a browse online and see if there were any cafe's or restaurants in and around the Gloucestershire area that catered to Vegans. I didn't have to spend too much time looking, as I found Portivo Lounge's vegan MENU and almost exploded with excitement! I know it might sound really sad, but I find it really hard to go out for lunch/dinner where I live without just having the side salad (it gets really boring).
Portivo Lounge, Gloucester | #FOOD | Love, Maisie
So off we trotted to Gloucester Quays! We parked in the multistory that's attached to the quays shopping center, which is super duper handy! I hadn't been down to this area for years so I was super impressed with how fancy it all looks now, so so pretty and festive at the moment! Okay let's talk Portivo Lounge. As soon as we arrived, I fell in love with their decor! Think shabby chic mixed in with 1920's vibes, absolutely gorgeous! Unfortunately, they don't take table reservations, so as it was a Sunday and so close to Christmas, I was feeling a little anxious, but we managed to grab ourselves a table upstairs no problem. They have a large seating area downstairs and a fairly decent sized area upstairs too!

Christmas Wishlist | Beauty

Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Christmas is well and truly on it's way and I am so excited for it this year, as it's the first year i'll be back at home for the festivities in years! Seeing as I love creating beauty wishlists and beauty products and Christmas are two of my favourite things, I thought it'd be the perfect opportunity to share a Christmas beauty wishlist here on the blog! Hopefully, if you're wanting to pick something up for your beauty obsessive friend or family member, this post will also give you some ideas!

Kick Ass Vegan Superfood Balls | #FOOD

Monday, December 07, 2015
kick ass vegan superfood balls, love maisie, indigo herbs
When the lovely people over at Indigo Herbs got in contact with me and asked if I'd like to work with them on their "Kick Ass Vegan Smoothie Mix" campaign, I couldn't say no! Indigo Herbs are a company whose mission is to empower optimum health by inspiring people to take responsibility for their own wellbeing. They do so by making excellent quality herbs and superfoods available and affordable! 

Pink + Retro | #OOTD

Wednesday, December 02, 2015
Online Avenue are an online men and women's shoe retailer that stock gorgeous an affordable footwear! I was delighted when I received an email informing me that they'd be sending me a pair of their gorgeous heels, I think I actually squealed!
online avenue shoes ootd love maisie
Dress - Dorothy Perkins (old) | Shoes(c/o) - Online Avenue
I was lucky enough to receive these Itzel Retro-Look Metallic Strap Court Shoes* in a gorgeous almost baby pink shade. They're available online now right here in a choice of six different colours for just £23.99! (Including black which I think I might just have to add to my now ever growing list of things to buy myself haha!) I decided to style these amazeballs heels with one of my favourite dresses of all time! I picked up this beauty in Dorothy Perkins a couple of Christmases ago and wore it as my "New Years Dress" and since then, I've styled it differently for different occasions!

Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 2 Palette | Review + Swatches

Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 2 Palette
Back in October, I was lucky enough to win a giveaway that Jemma over at Dorkface ran. One of the gifts was the Makeup Revolution Iconic 2 palette and let me tell ya, I've been all over it. Made up of SIXTEEN gorgeous matte and shimmer shades from taupes to peaches and greys to a deep plum shade, there are so many looks you can create with this palette.

Quote of the Week | #62

Monday, November 30, 2015
Dr Seuss quote, Love, Maisie
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr Seuss

Sunday Style Board | #44

Sunday, November 29, 2015
Sweater Dress | Sunnies | Backpack | Boots | Tights | Snood | Beret

How is it Sunday again already? You know, there are only three more Sunday's after today left before Christmas, how crazy is that? It's been a good few weeks since I shared a Sunday style board and hey, there's no time like the present, so here you go!

Bluffer's Guide's | The Perfect Stocking Filler

Friday, November 27, 2015

Stocking fillers don't need to be boring or repetitive, especially in this day and age! There are so many fantastic gift ideas that will literally suit everyone! I was lucky enough to receive these two little pocket books from a company called Bluffer's and I'm being 110% honest when I say that I'm so glad to be able to share this post with you all!

Coloured Lenses UK | Review

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Coloured Lenses UK Review | Love, Maisie
FreshTone Jade Green coloured contact lenses - £11.99*

When the guys over at Coloured Lenses UK got in touch and offered to let me try out a pair of their coloured contacts, I was so super excited! I have blue eyes that often appear different shades depending on the light, my eyes are super sensitive to light, seriously in the summer, if I forget my sunglasses i'm basically screwed all day. I chose to trial the freshtone jade green contact lenses as I've always thought that green eyes were so stunning! 

Vegan Carrot + Coriander Soup | Recipe

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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

Hot Right Now | Topshop

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November Wishlist | Beauty

Friday, November 20, 2015

Top 5 Christmas Jumpers | 2015

Thursday, November 19, 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!

Falling In Love With Virginia Water

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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!

Wishlist | Accessories

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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Something a little different for today! I love accessories, whether that's a statement necklace or a couple of stacker rings, I probably have more accessories than I do items of clothing, shocking I know.

Let's Have A Chat

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
I feel like there's a lot going on or has happened in my life recently and I thought it'd be an idea to write a bit of a rambly, sorry not sorry, post about it all because after all, I started blogging many moons ago because of my love for writing and sharing stories.

As most of you are probably aware, back in September, I moved back to England and for those of you who didn't know, I was living in Gibraltar. I'm currently living back at home with my family, which is strange but lovely all the same! I won't bore you with all the details but moving house is stressful but moving country is well, both heart-wrenching and unbelievably exhausting.
Photo from my Instagram!
Job Hunting
Obviously, moving country meant that I had to leave my job as a store manager and look for work here in the UK and let me tell you, it has been hard, really hard. I've worked full time since I was 17, so when every job that you see advertised that you think might be suitable for you is just to cover someone for 12 hours a week, it's a little disheartening, especially when you've spent a fair amount of hours each week for a month or so, scrolling and scrolling through jobsite upon jobsite and not finding a damn thing.

Exploring Cheltenham In The Rain | Life + Style

Thursday, November 05, 2015
Last week, I took the train, all on my own for all of 8 minutes, into Cheltenham to have a catch up with my lovely pal, Prema. The weather was pretty awful so we hurried into Starbucks, because coffee is always necessary, and had a good old chin wag. If you're interested, we talked blogging, "boys", how wearing new Topshop shoes when you're traveling/walking all day is most certainly not a good idea and not understand makeup counter ladies that force items on to you. 

Beauty UK Cosmetics | Lipstick + Nail Polish | Review

Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Beauty UK Cosmetics lipstick and nail polish review

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Superdrug with my mumma and we noticed an "everything £1" stand, so naturally, we spent a good ten minutes rummaging through everything on there. I somehow managed to contain myself and only grab two items, although now I wish I'd bought way more, both being from a brand that I had never heard of or seen before, but I thought they would be interesting to try out!

Super Easy Last Minute Halloween Outfit Ideas | Style

Friday, October 30, 2015
So tomorrow is Halloween, fuck yeah! Dressing up for Halloween is one of my favourite things to do, like ever. Some years, I'm really prepared and I 100% know what I'm doing in July, but then other years, it's the 30th of October and I have no bloody idea what I'm going to be able to throw together on such short notice! So, for today's post, I decided to put together three super easy Halloween outfit's that you can put together with items you probably already have in your wardrobe! 

Vegan Halloween Cupcakes | Bake With Me!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
I've been doing a lot more in the kitchen lately, well, by that I mean I've made one batch of soup, two loads of cupcakes and pancakes for breakfast once.. but I have been thinking about a lot of new things to attempt to bake/cook. Mostly they're baking ideas, thank you pinterest, but there are so many delicious looking vegan recipe's out there that it get's hard to decided what to attempt first! So with all that in mind, I have decided to add a new tab to Love, Maisie and that's FOOD! Don't worry, I'm not changing the direction of my blog, at all, I'm just adding another little snippet of my life into my little online world! So expect a little recipe every now and then from me!

So seeing as Halloween is only 4 days away, I thought it was only right to share something Halloween related in today's post, so I chose to try my hand at some Halloween cupcakes! I've made vegan/dairy free cupcakes a fair few times now but I think I've finally got the recipe perfect! I can't take full credit for this recipe as it's basically just a slightly varied version of the peta cupcakes, I think my way is better though, just sayin'.

For 12 large cupcakes you will need:

Hot Right Now | River Island

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Charity Shop Coat | #OOTD

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Coat - Charity Shop(Next) | Scarf - Stolen from the mother | Bag - "Brand New" The British Heart Foundation | Shoes - Peacocks | Top - Primark | Skirt - Topshop (similar) | Bracelet - Alex + Ani

I just want to address the fact that I am fully aware that I look like an absolute creeper and a half in these photos, but the colours were too good not to use them! I also somehow managed to bugger up the quality of the pictures during the editing process, I promise i'll get better at this one day..

#TOMSUnplugged | TOMS Community Outpost, London

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to win ticket's to attend TOMS UK's first ever #TOMSUnplugged event on Friday the 9th, to see one of my all time favourites, Mallory Knox who were supported by Nations, at their TOMS Community Outpost at Foubert's Place in Carnaby Street, London!

Quote of the Week | #61

Monday, October 19, 2015
"You have to wake up every morning and tell yourself, 'I can do this' "

I've been doing these quote's of the week for a really long time now, in fact, it was one of the first weekly feature's I started on my little blog. My main idea with this whole thing was to take a quote that's currently inspiring me or helping me through a bit of a rough patch and share it with you guys, because after all, you never know who might be reading, they might just need a little bit of positivity in their life! You can never have too much positivity in your life!

Sunday Style Board | #43

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Another super casual look this week. Also, before anyone thinks i'm nuts or living in Oz, I'm fully aware that there isn't a jumper or a coat in this look.. Let's just hope for a nice sunny autumn day..?! Also, there's accidentally a lot of H&M in this post, hashtag not obsessed.

Prestige Flowers | Luxury Christmas Flowers Bouquet*

Saturday, October 17, 2015
A couple of weeks ago, the lovely Gabriela over at Prestige Flowers got in touch to see if I'd be interested in reviewing one of their Christmas flowers bouquets* from their platinum range, so being the flower child I always have been, of course I said yes!

Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick | Aubergine Kiss

Friday, October 16, 2015
A little while ago, my mum and I were having a mooch around boots and stocking up on some essentials when, as always, I found myself becoming a human canvas testing out all the Collection lipsticks. I've been a fan of Collection Cosmetics for years now and their lipsticks never disappoint! See here, here and here.
I know I bang on about autumn all the time, but if there's one thing that beats all my other reasons for loving this season so much, it's the make up. I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but a couple of years ago I was never really a fan of lipsticks, I just felt as though I couldn't pull it off because of my teeny-tiny top lip, but with the help of YouTube and a couple of fab beauty tools, I think I can almost get away with it now. 

I Won a Giveaway! | Thank You Jemma!

Thursday, October 15, 2015
So last month, the lovely Jemma over at dorkface hosted a super cute giveaway.. and I only went and won the damn thing, yippie! I honestly never win anything, minus £1 on a scratchcard here and there, so I was super excited when I saw the tweet saying that I'd won!

October Wishlist | Basics

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I can't believe it's already almost halfway through the month, it's flying by! Although, I don't really mind all that much as it just means that we're closer to Halloween, woo! Let's get straight into this shall we.

Quote of the Week | #60

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
"The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday"

In a world of selfie's and social media, it's hard not to compare yourself to others. Whether that's comparing the way that you look or the job that you have, it's a pretty unhealthy thing to do. 

20 Reasons Why Autumn Is The Greatest Season Ever!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

It's really no secret that autumn is my favourite season, so for today's blog post, I thought i'd share 20 reasons why this is the greatest season of them all! 

Boots Essnetials Cucumber Skin Care | Wash, Scrub + Toner

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

I first tried some Boots essentials products a couple of years ago, but I didn't really pay much attention to their effects or anything like that. I think i'd picked them up on a trip home to my mum's when i'd not brought my usual skin care products with me, because my brain has and always will be a sieve. Upon my arrival back in sunny ol' England, I was in Boots picking up some essentials(read re-purchasing my foundation and shower gels etc) and as I've been pretty strapped for cash recently, I thought i'd grab a couple of items from the Boots essentials skin care range and give them a proper go.

Quote of the Week | #59

Monday, September 28, 2015
"You cannot always wait for the perfect time, sometimes you must dare to jump."

How is it Monday again already? This month has flown by and I can't believe it's almost over. I seriously feel as though someone has pulled September from right under me!

Sunday Style Board | #42

Sunday, September 27, 2015
I know, I know, the last Polyvore style board post was last October, holy wow, but i'm bringing it back around now, just switching up the title a little!

Still leaning towards the autumnal side of the spectrum but with more neutral and earthy shades. First up is this grey drapey sweater/jumper from Victoria's Secret. Even though this is already a lose fitting item, i'd probably size up for extra comfort, I do love a big baggy jumper. You can grab this online in a choice of 7 different colours, for just over £33. 

Hot Right Now | New Look

Friday, September 25, 2015
Scarf | Jacket | Shirt | Dress | Cardigan | Pumps | Boots | Coin Purse | Watch

There are so many great, affordable brands out there, both on the high street and online, so I thought i'd start a little series of posts called Hot Right Now, I'll be choosing my current favourite's items from my current favourite stores! Let's get started shall we!

Quote of the Week | #58

Monday, September 21, 2015
"Every story has an end, but in life, every end is a new beginning"

So, as some of you may be aware, I recently made the decision to relocated back to the UK, so here I am writing this blog post in my parents living room and honestly, it feels super surreal still. I've been back in the UK for almost a week now and I still can't get my head around everything?! 

A Very Autumnal September Wishlist

Friday, September 04, 2015

Hello internet! Can you tell that i'm buzzing for a/w yet? Coats, beanie's and deep berry shades, did someone say Autumn? As i'm writing this, i'm currently in a tee and shorts and still sweating beyond belief, I am so ready for the next season, come at me!

Cute Back To School/Uni Stationary

Friday, August 14, 2015
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So yesterday, both of my little brothers got their A level exam results! Joe got his AS grades and he did so well, i'm so, so proud of him! Harry got his A2 grades and got in to his first and only uni choice, again, proudest big sister ever! It got me thinking about how much I miss the "getting ready for school" season, hunting down the cutest notebooks and funkiest pens, even at 17 I was still obsessed with cute stationary, heck I still am now! So I decided to put together a little group of super cute stationary pieces to get those who are going back to school/university next month into the spirit!

4 Topshop Items I've Got My Eye On Right Now

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Topshop, Item's I've got my eye on right now, love, maisie
Jamie Jeans | Slouchy Shirt | Ribbed Cropped Cami | Judo Wrap Playsuit

So, we all know that I love a good Topshop piece and in my opinion it's been a, far too long since I've purchased anything from my sometimes favourite store and b, certainly far too long since I've posted a little Topshop wishlist, right!? I've kept it pretty basic because i'm in desperate need of some wardrobe basics at the moment! 

Feather & Bone | Face Gems Face Wash

Monday, August 10, 2015

Another skin care post for y'all today! A fair while ago now, the lovely team over at Feather & Bone got in contact with me about sending over some of their face wash gems for me to try out! I hadn't heard about this brand before and I love discovering new brands so its safe to say that I was very excited! 

Quote of the Week | #57

Wednesday, August 05, 2015
"The mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts your life will start to change."

So you may have noticed, or maybe not, that I literally dropped off the face of the internet for a couple of months. I did write a little, brief post about it which you can read here if you'd like.

Current Skin Care Favourites | Basics

Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Current Skin Care Favourites | Basics | Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water | Elizabeth Arden Brightening Eye Gel | Garnier Moisture + Matte Daily Oil-Free MoisturiserCurrent Skin Care Favourites | Basics | Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water | Elizabeth Arden Brightening Eye Gel | Garnier Moisture + Matte Daily Oil-Free Moisturiser

I read a lot of skin care posts from a lot of different bloggers but i've never written my own so I thought i'd give it a shot. I think the world of skincare is so vast now and pairing that with the fact that everyone's skin is so different, it's easy to think that someone must by lying or at least bending the truth when they're telling you how great x y and z products are for their skin but they truly make no difference to yours. When, most of the time, they really are benefiting from using their chosen products, they're just not the right one's for you.

August Wishlist

Monday, August 03, 2015
Hello you beautiful lot! So I thought i'd bring Love, Maisie back to life with a good ol' wishlist post because they're one of my favourite's to both read and write, so here goes!

August Wishlist | Love, Maisie | Feat. Wildfox, New Look, Aeropostale, Nike and more
Jumper | Crop Top | Sunnies | Bag | Skinnies | Wedges | Watch | Trainers

First up, can we all please just take a moment to appreciate this Wildfox jumper. If there was a hangover club, i'd sadly probably be the highest ranking member haha! Of course, being wildfox it's not the cheapest, online it's around £95 which I doubt i'd ever actually spend on a jumper, but it is sassy as. They also have this cute sleep mask to match!

I'm Still Here.. Sort Of

Monday, June 22, 2015
So it's been over three week's since I've shared anything on my little corner of the internet. I'm sorry that I've literally fallen off the face of the internet, but I know I shouldn't be sorry and it's my blog and yada yada but let me explain..

I've been writing this little blog for over two years and i've loved every single second of it. I've never been and never will be the best writer, but it's something that I feel i'm fairly decent at on a normal day. But sometimes I have days, weeks and even months of "low" periods in my life and I lose all motivation to write and lack any inspiration. This isn't an oh feel sorry for little me blog post, nor is it a request for a diagnosis on my life, but it's just a little reminder that, not only mine, but anyone's online outlet that you read might sometime's take a hit or lack of updates due to personal things that are going on in their life.

Over the past couple of months I've had really big highs and really low low's and you can see that through the lack of content on my blog and like I just said, i'm sorry for that. It makes me really sad to see that my last post was published on the first of June and not yesterday.

One of the reasons I don't write/create when i'm feeling under the weather is that I wouldn't want to see half arsed content on here that had no feeling or flow or sparkle to it. I like to think of my blog as a generally happy place, because I know I wouldn't want to come back to a blog each day that was monotone and had no personality to it.

I guess what i'm trying to say is bare with me. Love, Maisie will get back to normal eventually and there are actually lots of really exciting emails flying into my inbox as of late and I'd love it if ya'll would stick around for all the new adventures and trials and tribulations of my little corner of the internet.

As always, I love you all and keep smiling!

"It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.”
– Doe Zantamata
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May Through Instagram | @maisieejo

Monday, June 01, 2015
#GIBKITCHEN | My two little fur babies watching the passers by | I made a kimono out of a scarf and then took a 100% shameless selfie in the rock on the rock club's loos | Toby looking dapper | First day at the beach | N feeding a 2/3 day old little fluff ball | Getting crafty at #GibKitchen | Celebrating two lovely ladies birthdays | Receiving exciting things in the post! 

The Black Maxi Dress | OOTD

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Kimono Lust List

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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So i'm a little obsessed with kimono's right now, as is the rest of the world, so I thought i'd pick out my current top 5 and share them with you! PS, if you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I made a kimono recently, let me know if you fancy a tutorial!

The Balm Cosmetics | (Naughty) NUDE'tude Palette

Thursday, May 14, 2015
The Balm Cosmetics Naughty NUDE'tude Palette
The Balm Cosmetics Naughty NUDE'tude Palette
(Naughty) NUDE'tude Palette | £30

This post is hella overdue, so i'm sorry for that! Back in January, ahem that's over four months ago now, whilst I was 30,000 feet above the ground, I was delighted to discover that you can pay with your card all the way up there, who knew?! So of course, I hit the beauty section to check out all the special offers and to cut a long story of folding corners on the in-flight magazine short, I spent too much money.