Friday, 24 October 2014

Look for Less | Balmain babe

So, back in april at the 2014 MTV awards I fell 'head over heels' in love with Shailene Woodley's all leather outfit from Balmain. I love the structured look it has and I'm always a sucker for the all leather look…

I loved it.

So much that I decided to find the 'the look for less'. 


Here is Shailene wearing the look. She paired the Balmain two set with black balmain heels, which tied in with the black detailing on the skirt around the waist. 

For my First Look for Less I took inspiration from the olive green colour - which I adore. Both clothing pieces are from 'missguided'.

The top: £14.99
The skirt: £19.99






For the second Look for Less I took my inspiration more from the structured shape of the skirt. 

The top is from 'missguided': £14.99
The skirt from 'forever 21': £15.00


In both outfits I kept to the 'knot' in the front of the crop top. 

The black heels can be found at any store, high end and high street. Asos, Topshop, h&m, Zara… etc.

I hope you all liked this look as much as I did.

Kisses, 
Maija Lily Xx
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Monday, 20 October 2014

My Birthday Weekend

15.

I've been racking my brain trying to find something a 15 year old can do that a 14 year old can't… and all I've thought of is getting into a 15 rated film at the cinema without getting turned away because of having an incorrect I.D. haha.

Saturday - My birthday.
But anyway, my birthday weekend began on saturday, 18th October, which was my actual birthday. My morning began 'fairly early' (6:30am) when I woke up and jumped into my little brothers bed. Only for him to look up at me and say "what!?" with about as much attitude as a 6 year old can master, before remembering it was my birthday and giving me a big smile and hug. I later opened all my cards and presents. I got the 'Fast and Furious' DVD box set (which is one of my all time favourite film series), and I also just recently got my little brother, Max, obsessed with the films as well. I also got from my parents these really cool 'vintage style' vogue posters. As well as enough fashion books to last me… for a while anyway, hehe.

Mid Morning myself along with my mum and grandma and other grandma headed to Covent Garden to go to the Laduree (possibly one of my all time favourite places). 







We then got a cab to Mount Street where the Balenciaga store is. My mum and dad put aside a bag in the store for me to look at, try on, etc, because of it being on the pricier side. They wanted me to be 100% positive. 

As I entered the small store I was overwhelmed with things I wanted to mentally transfer into my own wardrobe. As I walked around I gently felt all the different materials; sheepskin, leather, fur. Until I found myself standing in front of 'the bag'. The second I lay my eyes on it, I knew I couldn't possibly exit the store without it. I tried it on looking in the oversized mirror, looking at it from the left then from the right then again from the left, but my love for the bag just grew.


We then headed home. Once we got home I got to see some more of my relatives and my best friend came round. Originally we were all going to go out to dinner but I decided after such a busy day I would prefer to just get Nando's take in and watch The X factor whilst we were all in our comfy pyjamas. 

It was a perfect day, filled with laughter and love, and I couldn't be more grateful.

Sunday - the day of my party. 
For my party, me and four of my closest friends went to the Sanderson Hotel in London for their Alice in Wonderland themed Afternoon Tea. It was super fun, again filled with laughter, far too much tea and far too many sandwiches and  cakes. 

I wore:
Black body - Asos
Black blazer - Topshop
trouser - Topshop
shoes - Zara
Bag - Balenciaga




















I am most grateful for the entire weekend and all the people I got to spend it with. 

Kisses,
Maija Lily Xx 
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Thursday, 9 October 2014

In the Kitchen with Maija | Guilt free Chocolate Brownies

Guilt free chocolate brownies? Is there such a thing you may ask. Well there is, and they're only 52 calories per brownie.

I am very into baking and looking at different recipes where you can substitute certain ingredients to make healthier options. So when I was on Pinterest and found this low calorie brownie recipe I was super excited to try it out and just knew I would have to share it with you guys. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup non-fat 0% greek yogurt 
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup truvia (or any natural/ stevia based sweetener that pours with a sugar consistency) 
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup skim milk


This is a super easy - and not to mention quick - recipe which can be done in under half an hour. 


Step 1. Add, into a mixing bowl, all of your ingredients.



Step 2. I used an electric whisk to mix up my mixture, yet you can use a food processor or blender also.


Step 3. I greased my tin with my olive oil 'spray' which actually only has 1 calorie per spray! 

Step 4. I then just 'poured' my mixture into the tin and poped it into the oven for 15-20 mins at 400'F or gas mark 6. 




After your brownies are done baking in the oven, get them out but don't forget to leave them to cool for about half an hour before cutting them into slices. You should get around 6 - 9 average sized brownies but don't worry if you get more or less. 

Step 5. enjoy!!!

Kisses,
Maija Lily Xx



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