Thursday, 30 April 2015

April Favourites

April has sped by a little too quick for my liking. For the first two weeks of april (give or take) I was off of school for the easter holidays then as soon as I got back it was straight into our end of year exams - which I have now thankfully finished.

So basically april has consisted of; studying, taking pictures of the pretty blossom trees and watching 'sex and the city' religiously, haha.

beauty wise I haven't been wearing a lot of makeup in recent weeks due to the fact that I'm back at school but in the few weeks of april that I spent on easter break I had been obsessed with this new mascara I have discovered.

1. The mascara is the maybelline colossal volume express. Normally I stick to my usual benefit 'they're real', or my lancome mascara but I decided to venture out and try this new one and it honestly makes my eyelashes look 6ft long (ok, maybe not literally).

2. The nail polish is by the 'Essie' brand and it is in this gorgeous lilac periwinkle colour called 'go ginza'. I am not technically allowed nail polish at school so during the school terms I tend to wear nude shades or a clear coat if anything, so you can always count on me having a coloured nail polish during the holidays. 

3. The lipgloss is by the brand 'Dior' and as I've said in previous blog posts- I am  obsessed with the Dior lip maximiser so recently I decided to try out a coloured lipgloss. It is the most gorgeous pinky colour with a gold shimmer. Perfect for spring, I actually believe it is limited edition for this spring season… so if you want to try it out!

4. Last but not least for my beauty favourites is the 'flower bomb' perfume by 'Viktor and Rolf'. I think it is honestly just the perfect 'spring' perfume, it has got a floral sent to it yet it is not too overpowering, just right. haha. 

As you can see from the picture above my fashion favourites are all quite simple. I have a school uniform so it was only during the holidays and weekends at the moment that I wear my own clothes. But during the weeks I had off at the start of april my 'go to outfit' was ripped jeans, either the denim shirt or a white tee, and my leopard slip ons. Simple. 

1. Workout clothes. I actually very much enjoy running. Not competitively, but just going for a jog around my area, and as soon as it hits spring and the weather warms up I start to run again. So deciding that I needed to invest in a good sports bra, I picked one up from Victoria secret at the same time as getting the nike running leggings that are in the picture above. Summers coming, so you know what that means…

2. The denim shirt is something I got towards the middle of april and I'm already obsessed with it. I feel that it is that type of clothing item that you can throw on quickly, yet it can look stills chic.

3. The leopard slip-ons. The leopard slip-ons that have been featured on my blog way way too many times. It took me a while to break into these shoes (trust me, I went through multiple packs of plasters) but it was all worth it in the end because they are possible the comfiest shoes I own now.

Random favourites!! Ok, so whenever I watch youtubers do their monthly favourites my favourite section to watch is always the random favourites. So I thought I would include all the little bits and bobs I've bee obsessing over.

1. Scheduling. Don't judge, but especially during the holidays at the start of april my guilty pleasure was scheduling my days, which may seem a little ahead of my time being that I'm 15 but I found it so fun. It also made my days seem longer and during the days that I planned out I seemed to get much more done.

2. My mug obsession is getting out of hand, but when I saw this mug in an anthropologie store in London I just couldn't leave it (I mean… its got the letter 'M' on it!) To go with the monogrammed mug -and my blog's name- I have been loving this jasmine decaf green tea. From the same brand I had been drinking just their normal decaf green tea then my mum picked this up and just wow, its amazing. If you can find it in your local supermarket try it out !!

4. For my birthday I got the 'sex and the city' complete box set series. I have seen episodes before but just not in a consecutive order so recently I have been watching episode after episode after episode seriously, I can't be stopped, haha. 

So, I thought todays blog post was something a little different from the norm. I hope you enjoyed a little peak at what I've been loving during the month of April. 

Comment what you've been loving this April, maybe it can inspire me for some of my favourites for the month of May.

Maija Lily Xx


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Double Denim

A fashion faux pas? Not any more. I mean I'm not saying we should go all out Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake like back in 2001, no I don't think anyone should try that...

I'm talking the early 90's when - as my mum always reminds me- "everyone was rocking the double denim". 

I guess denim on denim can still be classed as a "rule breaker" like my style stalking fashion book puts it. But, also like the book says; styled the right way it can look oh so elegant. 

I have been searching for ever for the perfect denim shirt. I didn't want it to be too light of a wash or too dark of a wash, then I finally found this denim shirt from new look when searching the asos website.

I styled my denim shirt with a pair of darker wash skinny jeans and my slip ons. But another way I love to style double denim is with a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans and court heels. 

Shirt - New Look
Jeans - Topshop
Shoes - Zara (once again… I just can't get enough of these shoes.)

Are you going to 'break the fashion rules' this season and sport a double denim look or as my mum puts it "rock the double denim?"

Maija Lily Xx


Sunday, 12 April 2015

Ladies who Brunch

As bad as it is, I'm not a breakfast person at all. I never really have been, but I can honestly say I love going to brunch. Me and my cousin Zoe are always looking for new places to try out and we both felt like going to Notting hill so I looked around at some places where we could eat and came across Granger & Co, it is an australian chain restaurant and we decided to give it a go. We probably didn't pick the best day to go because as it is a very popular place and it is also a sunday; there was a rather long queue outside but we decided to wait it out, and let me tell you I'm so glad we did, haha.

I got scrambled eggs with sough-dough toast and avocado and Zoe got ricotta hotcakes, but we ended up eating half then swapping plates because they were both so nice and we just had to try both, haha. 

After finishing up our very very delicious lunch we headed a bit down the road to portobello market, stopping every few minutes to take a picture of the very pretty area that is notting hill.

After walking through the market, trying on a pair of Ozzy Osbourne sunglasses and walking past the temptation that is the best chocolate waffles ever we got to the pastel coloured houses that I'm so in love with where we took a few 'ootd' pictures.

This has honestly been my 'go to' outfit this easter break. Its that outfit that I can just quickly throw on and look at least a little presentable, haha.

tshirt - Topshop
jeans - Topshop
blazer - Topshop
shoes - Zara
bag - Balenciaga

(if you can't tell I quite frequently shop in topshop, haha)

On a side note, who else desperately wants to be at coachella !! How amazing does it look, ughh … one day.

Anyway I hope everyone has a lovely sunday - or what is left of it…

Maija Lily Xx


Friday, 3 April 2015

The Easiest, Tastiest Easter Treat Ever !! | In the kitchen with Maija

When I think 'easter' I think of pretty pastel colours, bunnies and chicks, chocolate mini eggs, slightly warmer days and most importantly… chocolate nests. I don't think there has ever been an easter before where I haven't consumed at least one chocolate nest. I pretty sure that it is probably the most 'fool proof' recipe invented ever! 

And the best part (apart from eating them) is that you only need three ingredients and you can make as little or as many as you desire!!

  • Milk chocolate (baking chocolate is the best for melting)
  • A cereal of your choice (you can use cornflakes, coco pops, shredded wheat…) 
  • chocolate mini eggs
  • Two bowls (one larger one smaller)
  • small sauce pan
  • spatula
  • spoon
  • muffin cases

Firstly, using your chosen cereal break it up into a bowl so that it is easy to mix with the melted chocolate later on. My little brother was helping me out so whilst he started on breaking up the cereal I got to melting the chocolate.

I broke up as much chocolate as I felt was necessary, there are no particular measurements its all by eye. I ended up adding more chocolate and I roughly used around 5/6 lines of the chocolate bar.

Once that was all melted and my brother had finished crushing up the cereal we added the melted chocolate to the now unrecognisable shredded wheat cereal and mixed the two together.

Once it was all mixed and sticking together we placed the mixture into our muffin cases and shaped them into nests putting our little mini eggs into them (not with out eating a few though).

Now all you have to do is leave them to set for 15-20 minutes (or if your impatient like I am you can place them in the fridge for a little). 

And there you have it; the easiest easter recipe ever invented!

I hope everyone has a happy, chocolate filled day on sunday.

Maija Lily Xx

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