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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
This gorgeous black and purple flapper dress also come's complete with a sequined headband with a massive feather on it(love) which I think really helps to complete the look! I styled my costume simply with black tights, black heels and a purple and grey beaded necklace that I found in my mum's spare room!

As for my hair, long hair in the 20's wasn't really a "thing", but I thought i'd still leave mine down and just curl/wave it a little, jazzy yeah
tickled pink fancy dress challenge love maisie
Obviously, during shooting these photos I had to have a bit of a swishy-swoosh because.. just look at how fun it is! (Read; please appreciate this gif I made as it took a really long time to make it and it was really frustrating, almost to the point of crying, thx)

As for the sizing, I ordered a medium (advertised as a UK dress size 12-14) and it fits really comfortably. I'm a UK 8/10 and I really think this dress would fit anyone in those four sizes as it's lose fitting and the material is stretchy. 

I absolutely adore this costume and now I wish I had a party to wear it to! (hint hint, if you're having one, hit a girl up) If you are headed to a fancy dress New Year's party this year, or any other fancy dress party, then why not check out Tickled Pink Fancy Dress. You can bag yourself 15% OFF your order by using the code SANTA15, woohoo!

What do you think of my costume? Will you be dressing up any time soon? 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 review of a product, no matter what relationship I have with the company.

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!

Like I mentioned before, alongside their full regular menu, they also have an entire vegan menu, so we were spoilt for choice really. They even have breakfast options which are available to order all day! Everything from chimmichuri mushrooms to giant salads and a vegetable curry and it all sounds so delicious! Even though we had both checked out the menu online, we spent a good ten minutes reading over the menu again to make our final decision!
Portivo Lounge, Gloucester | #FOOD | Love, Maisie
In the end, I decided to go for the Falafel Ciabatta(£5.50), Jack chose the Falafel Burger(£8.50) with extra avocado(£1.50) and we also ordered Sweet Potato and Basil Falafels with chimichurri(£3.75) on the side, because who doesn't love a good falafel overload! 

We were both super hungry so the food seemed as though it took forever to arrive but in reality it only took around 15 minutes at the most. Let me tell you, describing our food as delicious is an understatement. I'm no food critic so excuse my epic descriptions, but oh my dear lord it was glorious
Portivo Lounge, Gloucester | #FOOD | Love, Maisie
Portivo Lounge, Gloucester | #FOOD | Love, Maisie
Portivo Lounge, Gloucester | #FOOD | Love, Maisie
Errrmmmmm, nom! Both of our main meals came with chips and houseslaw(which I wasn't too keen on but I'm not too keen on it's contents anyway) and I'm being 100% real here when I say that I'm salivating writing this post out! My falafel ciabatta also came with spinach, roasted red peppers and hummus. We reckon the falafel's were homemade as they were so tasty!

Jack's butternut squash and nutmeg falafel burger came with wood-roasted red peppers, tomato chutney, red onion and rocket and was served in a sour dough bun. We both tried a little of each other's main and I honestly don't know which I think I liked best, they were both just so scrummy! The chimichurri falafel's were tasty too, i'd never tried chimichurri before but I already know that i'll be ordering the chimichurri mushrooms next time I'm down at Portivo Lounge!

Our total bill with a couple of soft drinks came to around £23 which I'd say is a really good average lunch bill price, wouldn't you? I was certainly full up on falafel!
Portivo Lounge, Gloucester | #FOOD | Love, Maisie
Portivo Lounge, Gloucester | #FOOD | Love, Maisie
I absolutely adored all of the deco and the entire interior to be honest. I already can't wait to head back for another lush vegan meal. I think I might even be cheeky and shoot an #ootd inside! Oh, just a note, they also have a cocktail menu, so I double can't wait to go back one evening! 

Overall, this is the perfect little spot in Gloucester for a bite to eat, especially if you're vegan! Really great value for money, a cute cosy setting and right in the heart of the Quays! Their main regular menu looks yummy too and I'm sure it's all delicious! Have you visited Portivo Lounge in Gloucester before? What did you think? Let me know!

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!

First up, there are two items from the Maggs London store/collection. If you're not familiar with Maggs London, It's Hannah Michalaks very own makeup bag collection. Obviously, I had to include their brand new High Hopes brush roll (£37.95) because it's gorgeous, but choosing just one of their make up bags was so hard! All of their designs are beautiful and made with Liberty fabrics, but I thought The Little Moments (£26.99) print was super cute! 

I've been using Rimmel London's stay matte foundation for years now and I think it's time for a change. Don't get me wrong, I still love my good ol' faithful, but I really want to try this Maybelline superstay 24 hour foundation! I've read some really great reviews over the last few months on the blogosphere, so I think it's about time I give it a go! Available in six shades from Superdrug for £8.99. 

I've not worn false lashes in ages, but when I do, my favourite's are the Eylure 101's. They pack a load of volume and they're super sexy, perfect for nights out and I'm sure you all have plenty coming up during the festive period! They're easy peasy lemon squeasy to apply and I've not had one fall off in the middle of the night yet either! I highly recommend these to anyone, whether you're a devoted lash wearer or you've never worn a pair before. This triple pack is available in Superdrug for £14.25

I'm yet to try anything from Bobbi Brown but this skin care basics set looks and sounds lush! The set includes a makeup removing cleansing oil, skin brightening buffing grains, their hydrating face cream and hydrating eye cream! You save £11 buying these items as set so the total comes to £61. Bobbi Brown is definitely high end but judging by some of the reviews I've read, it's certainly worth it!

Another Bobbi Brown product that I've got my eye on is their Art Stick in the shade Rose Brown. A chunky lipstick pencil that's a very Kylie Jenner shade if I do say so myself. Again, I've seen nothing but amazing reviews for this product and I think this shade will compliment most skin tone's and is ideal for people who want to try something a little different but aren't too keen on a bold berry shade, which seems to be the go to for this time of year. Available online for £20.

As you all know, I'm a big fan of the model's own nail polishes. When I saw these speckled egg ones on the Superdrug website, I was only going to chose one shade for this post but I couldn't resit.. so I chose them all! These nail polishes are £4.99 each and come in five shades, which are all named after different birds, which I think is super cute, that include a purple, mint, yellow, pink and blue shade! I think these five little pots of beauty would make an adorable gift!     

I'm totally in love with my Elizabeth Arden mascara, but like I said about foundation, I've been using the same one for so long that I fancy a bit of a change! This YSL Baby Doll mascara is not only packaged in the beautifully classic YSL signature style, but it sounds bloody great too! Of course, with YSL there's a hefty price tag, so this baby will set you back £25. If i'm lucky enough to get my hands on one, i'll let ya'll know if it's worth the dolla! 

Revlon are always all over the blogoshpere and I've tried their ColorBurst Matte Balm's before and I really like the feel of them and the pigmentation is lovely too. This shade, Striking, is a perfect red for the festive season, right?! You can pick up Revlon products from pretty much anywhere, but the ColorBurst Matte Balm's are available in Boots for £7.99 each. 

There are currently some really great offers on at Superdrug and one of them is this Real Techniques brush set. It's down from £ 99.99 to just £66.59! A perfect starter brush set for any beauty lover, it comes complete with ten brushes and a black, sleek carry bag too! Deffo adding this to the list of things to treat myself too! 

Last but not least is this Soap and Glory Sugar Crush body wash. If you fancy some salivating, go over to the boots website and read the description! I've smelt this in store and omg it smells delicious! This 500ml bottle is £6.50. That might seem like a lot for a shower gel but it is a massive bottle, over double the size of most body washes!

So there we have it, my Christmas beauty wishlist/gift inspiration! I hope this has helped at least one of you if you were stuck on what to get your beauty obsessed friend/sister/girlfriend! What are you asking Santa for this Christmas? Let me know!

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! 

This year, Indigo Herbs are actually sponsoring VEGANuary.com, which is a campaign that inspires and supports people trying out a Vegan lifestyle for January! As I'm sure you know, I'm a Vegan myself and have been solidly since September this year, and vegetarian for almost 9 years, so if any of you are reading and are interested in trying out a Vegan lifestyle, I'd love to know/help you out if I can! kick ass vegan superfood balls, love maisie, indigo herbs
Indigo Herbs kindly sent me their 100g Kick Ass Vegan Smoothie Mix* (£6.99) which they co-created with Sam Taylor, who is a plant based, international bronze medal winning, martial artist! This particular superfood mix is high in protein, dietary fibre, vitamins A, E, C and B2 and is also high in calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc. This blend is 100% certified organic and is made up of Spirulina powder, Maca powder, banana powder, Chlorella powder, Chia seed protein, pupmkin seed protein, Wheatgrass powder, Moringa powder, barley grass powder and Baobab powder. Yes, it is very green! 

Indigo Herbs asked me to create a recipe using their superfoods mix, so with the help of Jack, we managed to put together these delicious and super easy to make, vegan superfood balls! To make 12 servings you will need:
  • 90 grams of crushed rolled oats
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 serving (15grams) of the Indigo Herbs Kick Ass Vegan Smoothie Mix
kick ass vegan superfood balls, love maisie, indigo herbs
That's right, just three ingredients! Simply crush/blend your rolled oats and mix/mash them together with your banana before adding one serving of the superfood blend! Once all your ingredients have been thoroughly mixed together, grab a small amount of your mixture and roll to form a ball shape between your palms. Repeat this with all of your mixture and voila! There you have it, 12 portions of delicious vegan superfood balls that are packed with great vitamins and protein! You can easily make these superfood balls 100% organic so long as you buy yourself organic bananas and oats too!
These Kick Ass Vegan Superfood Balls look like algee covered golf balls BUT they taste sweet and delicious and make for a perfect breakfast on the go or as a snack a little later on in the day! I had loads of fun creating this little recipe for you all, I can't wait to hear/see if you try it out too?! Have you tried anything from the Indigo Herbs range before? 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 review of a product, no matter what relationship I have with the company.

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!
Pink Online Avenue Shoes ootd love, maisie
Yes, the shoes are incredibly high, but they're actually surprisingly comfortable! They have a large platform(2 inch) at the front of the shoe, which makes the heel(6.5inch) height not seem/feel as scary! I really adore the chunky gold ankle strap, I think it's what makes these shoes that extra bit special! They zip up at the back of the heel which makes me feel a bit more supported, which is comforting y'know, when you're struttin' your stuff, six and a half inches higher than usual. 

I think these Online Avenue shoes would also work really well with some boyfriend jeans and a plain white top, don't you think? Let me know if and how you've styled them so I can have a look!
Love, Maisie blog ootd
I also really love the look of the Ivette Cut Out Lace Up Heels, like ohemgee gorgeous! Have you purchased anything from Online Avenue before? What do you think, are you as in love with your tootsies as I am?! Let me know! 

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*Disclaimer: Although this item 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 review of a product, no matter what relationship I have with the company.

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.

These eye shadows are really long wearing, even the lighter shimmer shades, and are really easy to build and blend on the lid. The palette also comes with a double ended brush which really, isn't amazing but it's usable and handy to have, but I have mostly been using my Zoeva brushes to apply these shades.
My favourite shades to use are Only(on my inner corner), Chase(on the center of my lid) and Smooth(blended outwards) which I have used in this next photo. I think shades like Echo, New Day and Faith are perfect for the festive season, don't you?! I actually seem to be reaching for this palette more often than I do for my Naked palette, which we all know I've worn to death, 4789234 time's over, so I guess it's a good change from my regular eye makeup look, right?
If you follow me on Instagram(you can find out all the other makeup products used on Insta too) then you'll already know this but please excuse my eyebrows, I know they're in desperate need of a thread! Also, is it just me or do I look hella weird without my nose ring in?

So, it's safe to say that I absolutely love this palette and I can't wait to try more palette's from the Makeup Revolution range! I pretty much want them all! Have you tried any of their palette's? What did you think? Let me know! OH AND HAPPY FIRST OF DECEMBER! 


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

This is probably one of my favourite quote's of all time, I thought i'd already posted a quote of the week with this infamous Dr Seuss one, but apparently not!

There really isn't much to say about this as it expresses the message perfectly, just remember to always be true to yourself and be the person that you want to be and do what makes you happy. I hope everyone's had a lovely weekend and are ready to kick this week in the arse! Happy Monday!


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!

Being cosy and warm is my number one priority right now. As much as I love autumn/winter, it does get ridiculously chilly in this country! Big knits and oversized scarves/snoods are my go to's right now. This sweater dress is only £17! I love the speckled effect and it looks like it'd be super easy to wear! You can literally just throw it on, on it's own and you're ready! Grab yourself a chunky snood like this houndstooth and plaid WilsonsLeather one and you'll be one snug bug.

Except for when i'm at work, I live in boots. Not only do they look great but they keep your feet 347 times statistics not verified warmer than dolly shoes. This tan pair are from Nordstrom and they're currently on sale for just under £20! I think green and tan shades work really well together and make's a change from my black staples. They also match almost perfectly with this H&M backpack! Available online now for £25. 

As I mentioned in Thursday's blog post, my eyes are pretty sensitive to light and believe it or not, we do sometime's see the sun in England, even in the winter! So having a nice dark pair of sunnies that will match with your winter wardrobe are always handy to have.. well, at hand! These tortoise Betsey Johnson sunglasses are only £40 and I'm seriously considering adding them to that list of things I want to treat myself to!  

Tights. Because you don't want to be that dick wearing 20 denier "skin coloured tights" who's moaning about how cold it's gotten lately. 

I think berets are really underrated. They're hella cute and they're one of the many handy head pieces that'll help to hide a bad hair day(read; greasy roots, holla)! I think this beret from Accessorize really complete's this little outfit, don't you?

Would you rock this outfit? Or are boots and berets just not your thing? Let me know! 


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!

Whether it's an extra little something for a friend or a gift for that one person that you really don't know what to get, I highly suggest you check out these Bluffer's guides! 
"Any sperm making the distance is a hero of Herculean proportions, which makes every one of us heroes in our own right, and might be remembered in moments of despondency and low self-esteem."

The first of the two guide's is The Bluffer's Guide to Sex. Sex is everywhere, literally, and it always has been! You can't escape it, it's plastered all over the papers, who's sleeping with who yada yada and it even sell's cars, perfume and i'm pretty sure I've seen sex selling a box of tissues maybe I've made that bit up but it wouldn't surprise me at all. This little pocket book has sold over 5 million copies! Written both hilariously and informatively by Rebecca Newman, there were snippets of this book that had me in absolute stitches right from the very beginning. I've definitely stored a fair amount of both knowledge and conversation starters from reading this and I bet even my Nana would have a good giggle with it! 
"We've all brought a bottle home from our holiday only to find that it just doesn't taste the same on a wet Wednesday in Cricklewood as it did outside a taverna with the Aegean licking our toes. Gone is the lemon and pine freshness, replaced by the aroma of pine-scented Toilet Duck - proving that most cheap holiday wines taste better in situ."

Next up, The Bluffer's Guide to Wine! If you didn't already know, I'll never turn down a glass, or five, of wine. I'm no expert on the stuff and I've even been known to put lemonade in the real expensive ones, oops, but I do feel as though I've learnt a thing or two now that I've read through this Bluffer's guide and have had a good few giggles too! The perfect gift for the in laws or someone who thinks they know all there is to know about the grape juice of grown up's, providing they have a decent sense of humor that is!

There are many more Bluffer's Guide's available including; Cats, Chocolate, University and Rugby to name a few. I've already got my eye on a couple for Christmas gifts that I'm actually going to order today BECAUSE, Bluffer's are having a black Friday sale! Everything on their site will be at 50% off THIS WEEKEND(From Friday, November 27th to and including Monday, November 30th). That's right, you could buy both of these guide's for the price of one, but hurry, this offer ends Monday! 

So there's my two pence, have you read any of these guide's before? Did you enjoy them as much as I did? Will you be making a bargain purchase today? Let me know!

*Disclaimer: Although these items were 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 review of a product, no matter what relationship I have with the company.

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! 

The contacts arrived individually packaged in a one-time use cleaning solution(so you will need to buy a bottle of cleaning solution to re use them) along with a handy little case to store them, as seen above. These contact lenses are not prescription and are solely for aesthetic use. Coloured Lenses UK do not currently stock prescription coloured contacts but are in the process of adding this option to their website! 

I'd applied contact lenses on myself once, many moons ago, so I was a little nervous about applying these for the first time, but I surprised myself and i'm now pretty pro at the whole shoving something onto your eyeball activity.

The FreshTone jade green pair that I chose are made up of three different tones to make for a more natural looking colour. If you know a thing or two about contact lenses and are after the nitty gritty details then here you go: diameter: 14.5mm base curve: 8.6mm water percentage: 38%. These babies can be worn for up to a month, providing that you clean and store them in some contact lens solution like this one available from boots
Coloured Lenses UK Review | Love, Maisie
I am so so pleased with how my lenses look and feel! As you can see above, my eye colour is completely transformed to this beautiful jade green shade and they look pretty damn natural too! These lenses don't impair my vision at all and I can't even feel them on my eyes, it's amazing! I'm pretty impressed to say the least! The size of the lens is slightly larger than my iris but I think this makes for a cuter look, do you know what I mean? Sort of like how Vsauce explains cute? But natural looking all the same! 

Coloured Lenses UK have a huge selection of different coloured contacts ranging from violet to sterling grey and pure hazel to ocean blue! Whether you fancy a change or you need that pair of brightly coloured lenses to complete your fancy dress costume, Coloured Lenses UK is deffo your place to go! Click here to shop two pairs of FreshTone lenses for just £19.99! They also offer free shipping on orders over £20!

Let me know if you've tried these lenses out before or if you're now going to be making a purchase!


*Disclaimer: Although this items 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 review of a product, no matter what relationship I have with the company. 

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

Ingredients
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! 


Hot Right Now | Topshop

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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!

November Wishlist | Beauty

Friday, November 20, 2015

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!