Sunday, 27 December 2015

Christmas Day 2015 - What I got !!

Christmas has been and gone, just like that. It's now the day after the day after christmas and I can fully confirm that the food coma is still here, as well as the many piles of presents that are scattered around my room; I seem to have the mentality that once all the presents are put in their new homes it officially means christmas is over. It seems so crazy that after the nearly month long build up to the christmas day, its over just like that

Like every other year, my inner child came to surface on christmas morning when I woke up at an ungodly hour before running into my (little) brothers room to wake him up. We then went on to open up our stockings, my brother going for the manic route as wrapping paper was thrown in every direction whilst I took a more "sophisticated' route (says the 16 year old who still believes in santa) and carefully put my wrapping paper in one pile and my presents in another organised pile. After the food and family - or family and food - the christmas stockings are one of my favourite parts of the 'xmas festivities', all the individually wrapped presents are always so fun to open, all the cute little bits and bobs. I got some lovely things in my stocking; Selena Gomez's new album (which I'm pretty sure I already know all the lyrics too), some new Victoria Secret pyjamas and enough Victoria Secret knickers to last me a lifetime as well as many other little 'nic nacks'. 

My family has an unofficial rule that we can't go downstairs to see what Father Christmas left by the chimney until 7:00am, so after waiting until it hit seven o'clock on the dot we ran downstairs to find an array of presents of all different sizes.

Not holding back at all, my little brother and I unwrapped our presents with full force, and I was met with an amazing pair of Isabel Marant Bekket trainers, which I have been lusting over for quite some time now. I'm not really a trainer kind of gal - I've always leaned more towards ballet pumps but these Isabel Marant ones just caught my eye. 

I also got another pair of Victoria Secret pyjamas as well as 'the softest dressing gown you will ever feel' (and you can quote me on that), and some lovely items for my room including a gorgeous silver sequin throw and enough candles to light a small city. 

After opening all the presents under the tree we all retreated back to our rooms to 'play' with our toys in my brothers case and for me to 'admire' mine. 

A few hours later all my family arrived and we all crammed into my dining room to begin on the overwhelming amount of food that seemed to be cooked (I would know based on the amount of potatoes I peeled).

A few crackers later we were all jam-packed into the living room where the christmas tree seemed to be seconds away from being swallowed up by the uncanny amount of presents beneath it. From then on to the time we were back in the dining room for dessert, all I know was that it was total mayhem including some Mariah Carey singles and an avalanche of wrapping paper, however I seemed to leave the room with some vouchers, books, more candles and a new lipstick from Mac - Velvet Teddy which I have been dying to get my hands on forever !! 

I had a lovely Christmas surrounded by my family and am eternally grateful for everything I received. 

On boxing day I spent a sufficient amount of the day in my new Victoria Secret pjs just relaxing and taking in all the previous day's christmas madness before getting ready to see my other family for yet another yummy dinner - including my Grandmas infamous roast potatoes... mmmm. I was also lucky enough to receive even more presents; including some more Victoria Secret pjs (because I didn't already have enough - not that I'm complaining, because well, you can never have enough), a lovely knit jumper and my Grandma absolutely spoiled me and got me tickets to the London Fashion Weekend in February which I'm sure we'll enjoy together for a lovely girly day out, so I'm very much looking forward to that!

I once again had a lovely evening, again surrounded by my family, being absolutely spoilt. I hope that everyone also had an amazing day, whether you celebrate christmas or not, and spent it with all your families and loved ones.

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Maija Lily Xx

ps. let me know how you spent your christmas in the comments, I'd love to know what everyone else received!



Saturday, 12 December 2015

15 Movies For a Cosy Winter Night In

Winter is officially here, and by that I mean I'm now going to bed wrapped in five blankets, oh, and the UGG boots are also back out... 

Now that the winter chills have arrived, my inspiration to go out is next to nothing and I'm much more likely to be found cuddled up on the sofa with far too many blankets and a nice cup of green tea (no surprise there though); whilst watching my favourite 'cosy night in' movies of course.

1. Home alone

Probably - no - definitely one of my all time favourite films. Well, this one and number 2!! It wouldn't be winter without watching this a couple (hundred) times.

2. Harry Potter

(the entire series, that is). My little brother and I have this 'unofficial christmas tradition' where we start the Harry Potter series 8 weeks before christmas day and watch one every week. 

3. Clueless

For me, Clueless is that movie that I can put on and it can just instantly make me feel better. It's perfect for a cute girly night in. 

4. Elf

Do I really need to explain this one? Elf is a christmas film that can be watched all year 'round and it should be on repeat during the festive season, seriously who doesn't love elf? My friend has actually been comparing me to buddy the elf at the moment due to my constant christmas music singing. I actually recently saw it in theatre and it was so amazing and funny.

5. 10 things I hate about you

If you haven't seen this, please immediately watch it right now!! Who doesn't want to watch Heath Ledger sing "I love you baby" on a football pitch? Much like Clueless, this is an easy watch and the perfect movie for a girls night in.

6. Love Actually

A 'classic' British festive film. I'm not sure that I could go a Christmas without watching this movie at least once. Perfect if your looking for a 10 on the cute scale (and yes, there's a cute scale).

7. Grease

I have been obsessed with this film ever since I was little and watched it on repeat with my mum. So now this movie is just a must when having a movie night in. Who doesn't wanna watch the T-birds sing grease lighting whilst fixing a car?

8. Breakfast at Tiffany's

A classic for any audrey lover, and a must watch for a cosy night in.

9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Would it be christmas if you haven't watched 'how the grinch stole christmas' at least once? No, is the answer. So go watch it, quick.

10. The Great Gatsby

I am truly mesmerised by this movie. The totally individual and different characters, the clothes (especially), the music, the parties and most importantly Gatsby's love for Daisy. 

11. Mean Girls

Is it really even a movie night if you haven't watched mean girls and recited every word?? "on wednesday's we wear pink"

12. The Devil Wears Prada

I am absolutely obsessed with this film, enough said...

13. Pretty Woman

Yet another classic that would be criminal to not watch at a movie night.

14. Tangled

After Sleeping Beauty (which was my childhood favourite princess), Tangled is most definitely my favourite movie. 

15. The Notebook

The ultimate chic flick guaranteed to make any girl cry. Which again, would be a criminal offence to not watch at a movie night (get a box of tissues as tears are unavoidable). 

So, here's a list of movies if your stuck on what to watch on a cosy winter movie night in.

Maija Lily Xx


Thursday, 3 December 2015

Christmas Gift Guide - Under £60

There's nothing more I love at Christmas than gift giving (and receiving), yet most years my brain absolutely vanishes of all possible present ideas and I end up with what I like to call a festive 'glitch'. 

So this year I've decided to be an eager elf and create a christmas gift guide for anyone who also suffers from the common "what am I going to get them" dilemma. 

1. Anthropologie Gold Monogram Mug £8
2. Vogue Subscription £29.90
3. Kikki-k Mindfulness Journal £21
4. Personalised Nutella Jar (Selfridges) £4.99
5. Lancome Hypnose Volume-a-porter Mascara look set £22.50
6. Diptique trio candle set £60
7. Charlotte Tilbury k.i.s.s.i.n.g mini lipstick trio £29
8. Monica Vinader Ziggy mini Petal Pendant £45
9. Easy Green Tea Plant kit £8.99
10. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle eau de parfum spray 35ml £49
11. Victoria Secret Fireside Long Jane Pyjamas £36
12. Firebox Personalised classic novels £16.99
13. Elizabeth Arden eight hour beauty cream set £42
14. Caroline Gardner cable knit pom pom hat £52
15. Helen Moore pom pom key chain £26

Dear Santa... 

haha, but seriously how cute is everything!!! There's a lovely mixture of stocking fillers to beauty sets to accessories that everyone can enjoy. I also love the idea of the personalised novels which is definitely something different and well, personal. 

I hope this 'gift guide' is helpful for everyone who may be struggling for ideas.

21 days till christmas !!

Maija Lily Xx


Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Green Tea, Vogue and Me Turns 2 !!

Whether it's your birthday or not, birthdays are always exciting. And it just so happens to be that today is my blogs 'birthday' !! Two today. 

I said it this time last year (and I'll say it again) but its just so crazy to think that for two whole years I've been posting blogs about my 'monthly must haves' or my 'outfits of the day'. It makes me wonder what my blog will be like in another two years... will I still have the same page layout? Will I have a bigger following? Will I still get the same thrill of excitement when uploading a new post? Well, I'm pretty sure I can answer that last one now, and that the answer will be 'of course'. 

But seriously, even after two years, pressing that publish button is still so exciting. Or when I get a comment my face immediately lights up just at the thought of other people reading my words, am I the only one?

Yet the best feeling ever for me is just after I've shot an outfit, and I look back at the photos to find them to be just how I imagined them to look...

So all in all I would just like to thank anyone who's commented on any of my posts as you have no idea how much it means to me. 

To another year of blogging. Hopefully full of many posts, many outfits and many monthly favourites. 

Maija Lily Xx

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