Wednesday 15 February 2017

Gucci Love

Gucci has had a lot of hype surrounding it as of late, and I'm definitely part of that hype. Every since the genius that is Alessandro Michele took over and totally rebranded Gucci flocks of fashionistas have been moving in and taking on every item he creates; from the totally swoon worthy embellished Dionysus bags to the fur lined Princetown slip-ons that look like they have the comfort of the infamous ugg slipper but with the style factor of, well, a Gucci shoe!

Gucci have done a total 360 going from being a bit of a no go brand, to a luxury must have. It's this idea that makes me really respect Alessandro as he was able to take the brand, modernise it and completely transform it's image.

Now, I don't tend to like being a sheep - following the crowd and all that - but in this case i'll happily give in to following the wooly crowd (hooves and all) as I have without a doubt caught the Gucci bug - and it's getting dangerous!

For my birthday, my lovely parents got me the Gucci sneakers with the hearts on the toes... so cute!! Ever since I got them back in October, I have been completely obsessed with them and have been wearing them every chance I get - minus in the torrential rain that has been pretty frequent recently - I've just found that they match the majority of the clothes in my wardrobe, which is very convenient!

Then just the other day, after months and months of lusting, I also made yet another Gucci purchase (told ya I'm obsessed!) which was the Gucci 'GG Marmont matelassé mini bag' in the colour hibiscus red... isn't it just so dreamy!!

Yet another new accessory I'm sporting in this look is my GigiXTommy baker boy/sailor hat from Gigi Hadid's first collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger. I got it for christmas a couple months ago and have only just managed to style it with an outfit!

I really love this look, and think it is very representative of my style as of late; easy to throw on but still chic! The blazer and hat transform the simple jeans and knit look and create a stylish look worthy of fashion week (if I do say so myself!)

Jumper - Topshop (last year)
Jeans - Topshop (petite moto jeans)
Blazer - Zara (last season)
Shoes - Gucci
Bag - Gucci
Hat - GigiXTommy (Tommy Hilfiger old season)

The gorgeous embroidered blazer (courtesy of 'Mummy's wardrobe') really pulls together the look with accents of red to tie in with the shoes and bag.

I know, I know I haven't posted a blog is such a long time - and it really does kill me to say that - but I really wanted my next post to be an outfit post yet every time I had a chance to shoot, the heavens would open and all chances of taking photos of an outfit went out the window! So I'm so happy to get this up and am really going to try and keep up regularly posting blogs. 

Also, a bit of an update! I've started writing for 'Debut Magazine' - which is super exciting for me and definitely a nod in the right direction for the career I hope to go into - so if you ever have a spare moment it would be great if you checked out some of my posts which I've written for their online site!

How is everyone? Wishing for some Spring weather I'm sure, I'm currently battling a relentless cold that just seems to want to linger so all I want right now is a bit of sun, haha !

Maija Lily Xx


Wednesday 4 January 2017

Starting the New Year with Goals

New year new me.

You know the drill, the clock strikes 12 on the 1st of January and suddenly, like magic the promise of diets and workouts are made. You wake up in the morning to see so many people jogging past your house you're half convinced there's a marathon taking place and you were the only one (in the country) who didn't get the memo. 

"I will go to the gym 3 times a week"

"No more carbs for me!"

"I'm going to wake up at 5 every morning and go for a jog"

New years resolutions, gotta love em. Everyone makes em, no one keeps em. 

New years resolutions have become less and less effective every year. People no longer trust new years resolutions and instead laugh at people who do. For some, they need the new year to fully commit to something with the promise of a new start/a fresh beginning. Whilst others are more hardcore and can (cut chocolate cold turkey style) any time they want. And so, New years resolutions have become a little bit of a joke around the dinner table and no longer hold the same meaning they once did. 

You know how it is... "So, what's your new years resolutions this year?"

"Cutting out chocolate" she says whilst eating chocolate cake.

Now, don't get me wrong, I don't disagree with New years resolutions as I think it is so important to go into the new year with goals and aspirations, however I disagree with the stress that new years resolutions can bring. 

New years resolutions last for only a few weeks, maybe a month if you're really lucky because you work yourself up over the strictness of keeping the resolutions, so much that you fail. However goals and aspirations instead make you feel as if you're not cheating on yourself when you fail but like you just have not reached your goal quite yet. It is important not to pressure yourself with unrealistic goals - don't tell yourself you're going to go on a juice diet on the first of jan for two weeks if you know very well you're not - because that'll only end with you feeling disappointed in yourself.

Instead, try setting monthly goals. For January, you will slowly start exercising at home twice a week. By February, exercising every other day. By March, you'll be doing short exercise routines every day. It's all about building yourself up slowly rather than starting with unrealistic expectations that'll only knock your confidence.

What are my goals for the New Year? 

Professionally, I'd like to get a job as well as some work experience in the fashion industry. I'd like to write for a magazine, maybe even intern at a magazine. I'd like for my blog to grow in success and to grow a larger following so that my work can be seen by more people. I'd also like to start making connections in the industry, and grow confidence in my own work telling myself "you can do it!"

Personally, I'd like to get better nights sleep (no more staying up to gone one in the morning - just the thought makes me tired!), I'd like to start up jogging again as it is a hobby that I felt made me healthier but also gave me a breather from schoolwork and technology. I'd like to travel more - whether that means to Paris for the day or to somewhere hot and tropical. I'd like to focus better on my school work and really put my 100% effort into all that I do. 

All these goals (not new years resolutions) don't have me running to the gym on the 1st of Jan with a scowl on my face wanting to be anywhere but on a running machine but rather I'm excited with the prospect of achieving my goals at some point over the year - no rush, no pressure. 

Comment below, what are your goals and aspirations for 2017? 

Maija Lily Xx


Sunday 11 December 2016

Christmas Gift Guide - Under £60

I wasn't sure whether or not to do another one of these gift guides, but I had so much fun writing it and finding all the gifts last year so I thought, why not!

Christmas is definitely my favourite time of the year for all it's festive greatness; the movies, the music, the mince pies (that I'll make but won't eat)... I turn into a true buddy the elf (name the movie reference)! 

Recently I've been online - but then again when am I not - looking at all the cute christmas releases, and 'things' in general. There is just so many cute things that I definitely wouldn't be upset to see under my christmas tree. So with only 14 days till Christmas I decided to surf the world wide web and put together a christmas guide that no girl could say no to.

4. Charlotte Tilbury Legendary eyes party bauble - £20
5. MAC Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lipstick Kit - £26
6. The White Company cashmere socks - £35
7. Personalised Necklace - £52
8. Charbonnel et Walker truffles (for the chocolate lover) - £21
9. Cubic Zirconia Earrings - £60
10. Symthson notebook - £45

I hope that you find a little inspiration from this gift guide! 

How have you been spending this festive month of December so far? Is your christmas tree up yet? And how many times have you watched Elf? haha.

Maija Lily Xx


Saturday 29 October 2016

Bell Sleeves & Boots

We all know I like a bit of alliteration, especially when it means I get to be wearing my favourite knit and my favourite boots of the moment. 

I have a thing for stripes (that's no secret), but I also have a thing for special touches that make a stripe knit a little different from my 100,000 other striped knits - so when I saw this one I just knew there wasn't a chance I couldn't not get it (there's also one with red sleeves that I'm now tempted to get)! I absolutely love the candy pink bell sleeves and think they are just the perfect way to make an outfit a little more fun and on trend. 

With my favourite new knit and my favourite new boots, its was only right that I also wore my favourite new jeans, that you will be seeing very frequently (aka most likely in my next blogpost). 

These jeans have quickly become a staple in my wardrobe and I have to say I haven't stopped wearing them! I've always been one of those people, who if not leaving the house won't wear jeans and will mostly likely be wearing work out leggings or loungewear however these on-trend straight leg jeans have got me wearing them even when I'm at home - yes they're that comfy!

So yes, saying I'm obsessed with these jeans is a little less than an understatement. 

Paired with my striped jumper I love how laid back and easy this outfit is I could easily wear it at home on a chilled out day (most likely with slippers) or how I'm wearing it today with my gorgeous heeled ankle boots that I'm, yes, obsessed with! This outfit is diverse, cool and just one of my favourites of the moment. 

Okay and last of all, lets talk about the boots... I saw these boots online on the Zara website and I just couldn't stop thinking about them and all I did was talk about them to my mum who finally said I should just order them, which I eventually did. And boy am I glad I did, they are the perfect leather ankle boots that every girl needs in her wardrobe especially now in the autumn and winter months! These boots and almost 'sock like' (so very Kanye I have to admit) with their tight fitting and material top. I just love them!!

Jeans - Topshop
Jumper - Zara (couldn't link my knit so linked the one with red sleeves)
Boots - Zara
Bag - Balenciaga

I love this outfit for the pure easiness of it, do you like this outfit? How would you style these jeans?

Maija Lily Xx


Tuesday 25 October 2016


Ugh, as if! 

Yes, that is 100% a clueless reference; aka a reference to one of my favourite films ever

Ever since I was little and first watched clueless I have been utterly in love with Cher Horowitz's fashion - you know her infamous plaid miniskirts, knee socks, matching co-ords and yes her faux fur backpack. I think her 90's style mixed with her endearing personality which shines through her funny statements is what makes her one of my fashion icons, and all over movie crush!

When shopping in Zara (because I think we've all realised by now this is all I do) I came across this ridiculously cute skirt, which my cousin and I automatically deemed a "Maija piece" and coincidently is is also a "Cher piece". However I left without it and decided to instead put it on my 'Autumn Wishlist' which you may have seen. My grandma actually got it for me after reading my 'Autumn Wishlist' blog, because she's #cute. 

One of my favourite outfits for autumn is a cute statement skirt worn with a high neck knit and my over the knee boots - it is such an effortless outfit that never fails to look chic and it is always my go to look whilst it is still weather acceptable to get away with skirts before jeans and comfy bottoms become to only thing I'll even think about putting on if I'm leaving the house. 

This skirt is a lovely boucle esk material that feels like such good quailty and the texture adds a nice touch to the outfit, when worn with something simple like I did in this outfit as I paired it with my simple black knit and my over the knee boots that definitely aren't unknown on the blog and are never far away from me during the colder months. 

Today my cousin and I met for a long awaited catchup and because we had an exciting afternoon tea that our aunt and grandma booked for us when we got our exam results. We headed to the Pret-a-Portea at the Berkley that I have actually been to before and it was one of my all time favourite afternoon tea experiences so I definitely didn't complain when I found out I'd be going again. 

Since I last went, they have actually redecorated and I have to say not that it wasn't gorgeous before, but now... now it is what I'd call 'instagram worthy'... yes I'm talking white marble!

We had a lovely time; eating until we were in what some call a 'food coma' and we actually both bought home doggy bags full of cakes we couldnt finish because that is something I've come to realise - always say yes to a doggy bag at afternoon tea's!

Knit - Topshop (last year) Similar
Skirt - Zara
Coat - Zara (last year)
Bag - Balenciaga

I'd love to know what your go to outfit is for autumn!

Maija Lily Xx

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