Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Peanut butter Granola bites

If you've seen my Pinterest lately (@MaijaLily) you would see that I'm constantly 'pinning' new healthy recipes as I'm always looking for tasty yet healthy substitutes for my sweet tooth cravings rather than snacking on unhealthy foods like sweets, crisps and Chocolate. 

When I came across the recipe for these granola bites last year I quickly pinned them and got in some of the ingredients, although a lot of the ingredients are very basic and you will most likely have in your kitchen already (I know I did).

I made them for the first time at some point last year, and I've been obsessed with them ever since. They are the easiest snack to make ever, period! They are a no baking recipe so all you need to do is stick them in the fridge overnight (or for a couple of hours if you are impatient like me!). 

The best thing about these granola bites, is that they are totally changeable to whatever you prefer! You could alter the recipe to taste by replacing the chocolate chips with almonds, dried fruits, etc. 


1 cup oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips (you could use milk chocolate if you prefer)
1/3 cup honey
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla


1. Put all ingredients into a large bowl and mix together.

2. Put the bowl into the fridge for about 1 minute so the mixture can harden slightly to make it easier when you are forming the granola balls.

3. Start to make balls out of the mixture. (I normally just do it by eye but try to make them around 1 inch).

4. Once you have used all the mixture and made around 10-15 balls place them on grease proof paper and put in the fridge for about an hour. Then transfer them into a container and leave them in the fridge. (They taste best if you leave them overnight before trying one).

5. Enjoy! (They last up to about a week but trust me they will be finished long before that). 

And don't forget to Tag me on instagram @Greenteavogueandmeblog if you make them, I'd love t0 see!!

Maija Lily Xx


Sunday, 8 May 2016

A Sephora Haul - Nars, Hourglass & more

You might know I live in England, and I haven't been to America recently, so your probably wondering why I've got a Sephora haul when there is quite unfortunately no Sephora here (is there a petition I can sign to get Sephora to the uk??) but no, my grandma recently went to florida and when she asked for a wish-list... I took the chance to ask for a few goodies that you can't get over here. 

When browsing the Sephora website, I was overwhelmed with makeup galore; any highlighter, lipstick or foundation you could possibly wish for, and more... 

You can actually get Nars products in Selfridges now, but it works out cheaper in the states. So I asked for the Nars creamy concealer in the shade 'Chantilly'. I was umming and urrring between the shades 'chantilly' and 'vanilla' but I finally decided on 'chantilly' after reading a few reviews as I figured I would prefer it to double as a concealer and brightener. I've heard so many positive reviews on this product (and on Nars products in general) so I'm super excited to try this out. 

Next on my wish-list was the ever so swoon worthy Hourglass ambient lighting strobe lighting powder in the shade 'incandescent'. Again, you can in fact get this brand in space n k, but it works out cheaper in America. As much as I love the classic Hourglass ambient lighting palette, I wanted a more natural 'glow' and so decided on this one which is a gorgeous pearlescent pink shade.  After watching and reading countless reviews (you may notice I have a bit of a habit of researching anything before buying it) I decided that this product was perfect to give myself that simple, natural look whilst still defining my face - just without all the intense glitter. 

Now for something you really can only get in America... the Anastasia dip brow pomade. I have been lusting over this for what must now have been a couple years and when I was in Florida a couple years ago I just totally forgot to get it so I just knew I couldn't not put it on the list. It was particularly hard to try and 'guess' my shade but luckily I'm pretty sure it is the perfect shade which I got in 'Soft Brown'. So I'm most excited to try this for myself and see if it lives up to the hype.

Last up in my Sephora haul is the Kat Von D everlasting liquid lipstick in the infamous shade; Lolita. These liquid lipsticks are rumoured to be 'ever so' long lasting and just trust me, they are! I wore this matte lipgloss out to dinner the other night and after eating and drinking it was still on my lips, so I was most impressed! The colour which is 'a lovely mauve/brown nude with a pink undertone' has also been spoke about by so many beauty guru's so I felt it was only logical that I tried it out, haha. The colour doesn't quite pick up on camera - but just trust me its gorgeous, and I can imagine it suiting all skin tones - so if you see it... get it !!! 

I'm ever so thankful to my lovely Grandma who bought me these back from America, I've been absolutely spoiled!!

Let me know in the comments if you've bought any new makeup recently, I'm a bit of a magpie when it comes to makeup and love finding new products to try out!!

Maija Lily Xx


Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Met Gala 2016 - Favourites Roundup

The Met Gala being fashion's biggest event of the year is always such an exciting time, and it normally consists of me religiously refreshing my Instagram news feed and adding any possible attendee on snapchat so I can absorb the atmosphere as if I were there, and pick my favourite dresses of course.

This years met Gala theme was "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology." It was all about finding the line between handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion. Upon hearing this years theme I predicted lots of silver, chrome, mirrored and very futuristic - and the gowns didn't disappoint. 

As per usual, my mum and I went through the Vogue best dressed list and picked our favourites of the night and our... not so loved looks (to put it nicely). 

As I said early, like I imagined there was a running theme of very mirrored extra sparkly gowns, especially from Balmain. 

So lets get started on the "Green Tea, Vogue and Me's Best dressed list" which may not be as notorious as "Vogue's best dressed list" but anyway it was worth a shot... 

My favourite gown of the evening definitely has to be this absolutely gorgeous Zac Posen dress worn by Claire Danes. This couture number stole the entire 'show' in all its cinderella esque glory. But just when I thought I couldn't love the dress anymore; I saw the photos and videos of how it lights up in the dark and creates this 'princess like' irredescent shine. All I can say is that I would happily live in that dress!

My next favourite gown of the evening has to be this beautiful Marchesa embellished dress worn by Karolina Kurkova. Again with the lovely soft blue going on lilac colour scheme, this dress is another one I would sell my entire wardrobe (bags and shoes included) just to own! I absolutely love the floral embellishments that create such a mystical, magical and  fairytale like feel!

Another gown I fell in love with the second I saw it was this Zuhair Murad design worn by Hannah Davis! Again, it has such gorgeous intricate detailing that makes the dress stand out and compliments it well.

Very different from my other favourite so far, is this amazing black Givenchy gown worn by Bella Hadid. My other favourites have been very light spring/summer colours however on the complete opposite end of the spectrum is this elegant strapless gown with a ruffled skirt... ugh I'm in love with it!

Going back again to the lighter colours is Kendall Jenner in this Atelier Versace dress. I love the cut outs and the slim structure compared to the other very ball gown like dresses (that I equally love). I also love the high neck with the tied back pony tail works well with!

There isn't likely to be a time that Blake Lively doesn't look like the epitome of elegance, and this gown didn't break that record - this gorgeous soft pink gown with a long (yet surprisingly not the longest of the evening) trail by Burberry was truly something out of a princess book.

Another gown that stood out to me was this gorgeous floral sheer gown by Dolce and Gabbana, worn by Zoey Deutch. There is something so lovely about the busyness of the dress yet it somehow still manages to act sophistically simple. 

Much like all the lovely people who attended the Met Gala; Rosie Huntington-Whitely is able to make anything look elegant. And what a better way than to do that in this gorgeously simple white Ralph Lauren gown. I'm always a fan of a lovely simple dress, and Rosie pulled it off so well!

Olivier Rousting certainly bought an army with him... well, a Balmain army. The Balmain gowns all followed the theme of 'manus x machina' as they arrived head to two in crystals, metallic embellishments and belts!! No army's ever looked to good, haha!

Nicole Kidman came in a gorgeous Alexander McQueen gown; embellished head to toe! I love this very slim fitting and flattering gown with cut outs and a cape as it definitely follows the idea of the theme!

Adrianna Lima looked picture perfect in this intricately embellished Giambattista Valli gown   that caught my eye immediately!

Again, in a very princess like gown is Nina Dobrev also wearing Marchesa. The gorgeous 'flowyness' of the gown and the soft gold colour is so lovely and definitely one of my favourite designs of the night in fact Marchesa was definitely one of my favourite desginers of the evening. 

Some people will see this pick and think "Maija are you sure?" but that is exactly what I thought when I first saw it! However when you get passed the boots, and really start to look at the dress you start to appreciate the uniqueness of the dress. Louis Vuitton has recently articulated quite an original style which comes through with the leather accents and well, the boots! 

And last of all is another Louis Vuitton favourite of mine of which is this lovely simple, elegant and sparkly gown worn by Lea Seydoux. Lea kept it extremely simple compared to some other gowns, and yet this dress may still be one of my top top favourites!

The fashion forward event that left me with hardcore dress envy looked so amazing, as did all the people in their lovely gowns. As I said last year... maybe one day...

Maija Lily Xx

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