Wednesday, 4 March 2015

New Video and Making YouTube plans.

Hello and happy half-way-to-the-weekend! 

So I've been meaning to get back to my YouTube channel for a while now so when I was tagged by the lovely Chantelle at The Girl in the Tartan Scarf to do the 'This or That?' tag, I thought it was the perfect time. I finally got some time to film and edit this week, so here it is!

Now I've made another video, I've totally got the YouTube bug again and I've started writing down ideas for future videos. One of them is to make outfit videos alongside my blog posts - so if I'm taking outfit pictures, I'd make a video at the same time and maybe do a monthly look book with them all or something? Just an idea so let me know if you think that would be good? Other than that, I'm going to film a haul this weekend because, well, ASOS on pay day happened. If you want to see any more of my videos, make sure you subscribe here !

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What did you think of this video? If you have a YT channel too, leave your links below!

xox

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Monday, 2 March 2015

The Final Countdown.

Hallway Decoration ideas
White Minimal Living Room

Well hello - remember me?! Sorry I've been MIA for a week or so but I'm back on track for blogging this week and will even have a new video up on my YouTube channel on Wednesday! Part of the reason for the unplanned blog break was that I've been preparing for the house move. It's just over two weeks until we get the keys (eeep!), and the excitement of decorating is taking over my life! This explains the crazy Pinterest obsession of late. If you haven't seen me on twitter or instagram much, it's because I've been on Pinterest. Constantly.

One of the reasons we wanted the new house so badly was that it needs updating inside - which sounds crazy doesn't it? The thing is though, we could buy a house that's been newly renovated and save the hassle, but it's never going to be exactly how we would have done it. And it would be a waste to replace a relatively new and okay-looking kitchen. At the same time, we're not handy at all and didn't want too much work, so we've picked what we call a 'liveable fixer upper' which we'll renovate one room at a time while we live there.

Dining Room Ideas

I've been getting lots of inspiration on line and we've decided to go for a white theme throughout the house - predictable, given the Pinterest obsession but also, our flat has a lot of cream at the moment and I'm desperate for a change. I love the clean, fresh look of white walls with lots of greenery and neutral colours. We're starting with a mid-grey sofa in the living room and I want to add in some mint accessories to add a bit of colour. I absolutely love this chair and I think it will be perfect for sitting by the fireplace. 

We're having a new kitchen fitted in a month or so and we've went for white gloss and wooden worktops, which is so fresh and should open up the space a bit. I can't wait to decorate the kitchen with metallic accessories like this gorgeous copper pendant light and pretty plant pots like the ones below. 

 All images: Pinterest

I plan on vlogging the decorating process in some way, to show the start to finish process and throwing in some homeware hauls too - because to be honest, I doubt I'll be buying much else over the next few months! Let me know if you'd like to see that and if you have any ideas on how I should do it - should I do one video per room to show the start to finish, or updates along the way?

Follow my Home Inspiration board on Pinterest for all my latest favourites!

What do you think of these decorating ideas?

xox

Maisy Meow | Fashion and Beauty Blogger




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Friday, 20 February 2015

The Weekend Wishlist .

70s Trends 2015

Well hello! So it's not like me to post on a Friday night but it's been the busiest week ever, so I'm spending tonight catching up on everything - and of course, eating pizza and watching last nights eastenders to see what all the fuss is about. (p.s BOBBY?! ) A cosy night in isn't complete without some on line shopping too, so here's what I've been adding to my imaginary basket on the New Look website. With the house move approaching, I've been on a severe spending ban this month and subsequently, I now feel like I need all the things

New Look have some lovely things at the moment at really affordable prices, which is just what I need. Some basics like the grey and rust jumpers are first on my list for the post-ban celebration shop. I love this rust colour and everything 70's - arghhh, not shopping is killing me! I also have my eye on this duster coat for heading into spring, I need to go into the shop to check the colour though - it says 'lilac' but to me this looks grey? I've been saying it for ages but I'm definitely doing a wardrobe clear out on depop/ebay this weekend, so maybe I'll raise some funds for a mini-spree. If you see any of these items in an outfit post next week, it was a success!  

What trends are you loving at the moment?

xox

Maisy Meow | Fashion and Beauty Blogger

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Piccadilly.

Glasses Direct London Retro
Glasses Direct London Retro
London Retro 'Piccadilly' c/o Glasses Direct *

Well hello! So here's me just casually hanging out in a pair of sunglasses .. indoors, as typically it rained on the day I planned to take pictures. I could be a successful weather girl if I based my report around days that I plan to take pictures - guaranteed rain, every time! Anyway, a few weeks ago the team at Glasses Direct got in touch and asked me to review a pair of sunglasses from the new London Retro Collection. I hadn't heard of the site before but I'd swooned over London Retro a lot, and was super excited to try a pair. I went for the Piccadilly frames in black, which are a classic shape with a bit of a 60's vibe. I feel like they have an ever-so-slight cat eye shape to them too, which I love. These are one of those styles that I think would suit everyone! 

These are available as standard prescription glasses too, and they even offer a free home trial where you can try out 4 pairs of your choice for 7 days. I remember glasses shopping a few years ago, and I ended up giving up and picking a pair out of sheer frustration because I was so sick of trying on glasses. Needless to say, I wore them once! Lesson learned - take your time, it's important, they're going to be on your face.

Glasses Direct London Retro

They come in this gorgeous embossed brown leather case and call me crazy, but this makes them feel so special. Presentation earns a lot of extra points in my books! It's a lovely case and really sturdy too, so I know they're safe in my big, overfilled bag. The glasses are lightweight but you can feel that they're good quality and well made. 

Glasses Direct London Retro

There's lots of other designer sunglasses and prescription glasses available on the website - let me know which ones are your favourites? You'll probably be seeing a lot of these in future outfit posts - so I hope you like them! 

Which sunglasses shape do you usually go for? Do you have a favourite pair?

xox
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Monday, 16 February 2015

Chocolate and Banana Protein Pancakes.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Hello and Happy Pancake Day .. well, almost! Shall we say .. pancake day eve? I've been obsessed with making protein pancakes recently, so thought I'd share this super easy recipe today so you can try it out in the morning if you like. Since I did my Nosh Detox a week ago, I've been making sure that every meal I have is nutritious, healthy and most importantly, really tasty. These pancakes definitely fit the criteria. They consist of 4 simple ingredients and take just 10 minutes to make. So here's what you'll need and how to do it ...

Healthy Breakfast Ideas
What You'll Need (makes 2 large pancakes)
Very Ripe banana
1 Full Egg + 1 Egg White
1/2 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder (I use this one) 
1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Chocolate and Banana Protein Pancakes

1. Mash the banana in a bowl thoroughly until it's almost liquid. 
2. Add the eggs and mix with a fork until totally combined. 
3. Add the protein powder and mix again until you have a pancake mix consistency. 
4. Sprinkle in 1 tsp cinnamon (add more, less or none depending on your own preference) and mix again.

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5. Heat a small frying pan and spray with Fry Light (or add a little olive oil)
6. Empty in the pancake mixture. I make two big pancakes from this, but you can obviously make smaller ones if you prefer. Try not to make them too thick, so they're easier to flip.
7. Cook on a low-medium heat for a 1-2 minutes. It's ready to flip when you're able to use the spatula to easily separate the pancake from the pan. Flip over and cook on the other side for a minute or two and .. voilĂ ! 

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Now for the toppers! My favourite is lots of blueberries and strawberries, with a bit of honey or maple syrup over the top - although I try and keep that for the weekend! You could also top with lemon juice and icing sugar, or nutella if you want to mix it up a bit. The cooked banana and cinnamon are such a gorgeous combination that you can eat them on their own, and they do a good job of keeping you full until lunch time too. 

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

I'm looking forward to trying out lots of different variations of pancakes. I spotted chocolate peanut butter flavour protein, which has sent my brain into overdrive - that sounds like it would be amazing! I really hope you enjoy making these if you give them a go, send me a pic on twitter or tag me in your instagram pics if you do! :)

Are any of you making pancakes tomorrow?

xox

Maisy Meow | Fashion and Beauty Blogger



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Thursday, 12 February 2015

Rose Gold, Hearts and Pearls.

Argento earrings

Rose gold, hearts and pearls are such a dreamy combo! You might remember these earrings from this outfit post last week - I've been wearing them to death since I got them and thought they deserved their own little post on here too. Argento were kind enough to send these over with some other goodies for Valentines day. If you don't know already, Argento is a lovely little jewellery shop that stocks some gorgeous and unique jewellery. I went there for my Olivia Burton watch last year and found it hard to leave - they have so many pretty things in there!

And since they're extra kind this Valentines, Argento are offering all of you a 20% discount using the code 'LOVE20'- so if you've been looking for an excuse to splash out on yourself, here it is! And if that's not enough, they're even throwing in a free selfie stick when you spend over £50. All the signs you've been waiting for!

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So I hope you're all having a fun friday and have some good plans for this weekend. Mine involve clearing out my wardrobe and boxes of make-up and beauty products in the hope that it'll make the whole moving process a bit easier. Expect to see some new things on my depop (maisymeow) over the next few days! Oh, and I hope you've enjoyed all the valentines gift ideas this week and have a happy Valentines whatever you end up doing :) 

Have you got any plans for Valentines day?

xox

Maisy Meow | Fashion and Beauty Blogger


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