It’s kind of a goodbye…

It’s kind of a goodbye… but not really! Yes, we are saying goodbye to Thoroughly Modern Maisie but it is not an emotional farewell. In fact, it is quite the opposite, Thoroughly Modern Maisie has had a brand spanking new re-brand and I know that I’m biased but I’m a little bit in love with it… Say hello to Moo Lifestyle. – moolifestyle.com

Say hello to Moo Lifestyle. – moolifestyle.com

Thoroughly Modern Maisie has just turned 1 and even though I loved blogging I felt as though I was stuck in a rut. The idea of blogging wasn’t exciting me any more. As much as I wanted to blog, I couldn’t. I no longer had the motivation. I still loved reading other people’s blogs but I felt that mine wasn’t good enough and I just didn’t provide it with the TLC it needed to grow.
I also felt constrained using the wordpress.com platform; I wasn’t able to visually portray my personality. I desperately wanted to break out of this rut and Robowecop’s blog post inspired me to do so by re-branding. And ta-day Moo Lifestyle was born, using wordpress.org.

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This blog has provided me with a great platform to enter the blogging world and I am proud of it, that’s why I have decided to move all of my old posts over to the new blog. Some of my favourite blog posts have been: The Guide to the Girls’ Holiday, A Sneak Peek into my Bedroom, What to Do with your Life and Thoughts of a “Newbie” Blogger. I’m proud of these posts but I do like to think that I have developed so much since these were written and I am looking forward to developing further.

Thoroughly Modern Maisie will be disconnected on 30th April, there will be a hint of sadness saying goodbye however I’m more excited about the opportunities to come with Moo Lifestyle.

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Thank you for your support with Thoroughly Modern Maisie, my blogging friends are amazing and I hope that you can continue to support me over at Moo Lifestyle! See you over there!

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M x

 

Barcelona | My first Vlog

Hey guys, this is my first post of 2016, sorry it’s taken me so long but I’ve been super busy! I started the year in Barcelona with Andy for a trip to see my brother, his partner and Dug the Pug. We had so much fun exploring the city, eating delicious food, consuming exotic cocktails and relaxing before returning to University for a busy second semester.

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I’ve been back for over 2 weeks now and I’m currently recovering from another episode of tonsillitis whilst battling through University and deadlines. So to cheer myself up I finally got ’round to putting together the video clips I took of our trip to create my very first vlog (yay)! It’s taken me a while to pluck up the courage to start vlogging but I felt that this was the perfect way to begin! I have to admit I wasn’t brave enough to actually speak in the video (so I’m not sure it even classes as a vlog LOL) however I’m actually quite proud of my first attempt… You may think otherwise, but positive thinking and all that! So… Here goes, please take a look and let me know what you think! I hope you enjoy… who knows if it’s received well, I may even treat you to the dulcet tones of my Yorkshire accent in the next video!

(https://youtu.be/OtRWvWrQAT0)

M x

Wren Family Favourites

Last month I had the privilege of attending the Wren Family Favourites event at Wren’s headquarters ‘The Nest‘. The event was hosted by the lovely Linda Barker and yes she really is as charismatic as she appears on Changing Rooms (god I used to love that program).

We were invited to view Linda’s gorgeous new kitchen collection that she has created exclusively for Wren which are all very lust-worthy AND wouldn’t break the bank!
Wren was also hosting the competition #WrenFamilyFavourties which encouraged people to submit an Instagram photo of their favourite family recipe for a chance to win an AEG Ultramix Stand Mixer worth £299.99. Us lucky bloggers sampled some of the recipe entries that were submitted which Linda Barker baked for us. IMG_6010

The recipes that we tried were: banana loaf, marble cake and almond pastry mince pies! I can tell you that ALL of them were delicious, so much so I couldn’t stop nibbling on them and greedily stuffed my face. My personal favourite was the scrumptious marble cake.
To ensure that we didn’t forget how to make the bakery goods we had just been taught by Linda, we created a recipe scrap book. I had so much fun making my scrapbook, I have to say I got a little competitive with the other bloggers and made sure mine was the prettiest… I know I’m biased but I do think I did a good job!

I must have caught the baking bug after the event as I submitted my own entries to #WrenFamilyFavourites with my ‘Heart of Gold’ zesty orange layer cake and vanilla essence biscuits.


I even recreated the banana loaf from the event, however living in a flat of 8 girls, I didn’t even get a chance to photograph my masterpiece before it was demolished, however I take that as a good sign!

The Linda Barker Collection for Wren Kitchens really is beautiful, there was not one kitchen I didn’t fall in love with. However when looking through the brochure after the event, I did find the one that was meant to be for me… the one named “Thoroughly Modern”. I do recommend you to take a look at the collection here (WARNING: you will want them all): http://www.wrenkitchens.com/kitchens/linda-barker-collection

P.S. how cute is this personalised wooden mixing spoons from Bespoke & Oak Co. we received as a gift.IMG_6011

M x

Society Scrutiny

Time is really flying by at University, I’m already on Week 8 of the first 10 week term (and then it’s basically Christmas YAY). I would say that I’m pretty well adapted to “university life” now; I’ve settled into my flat and I live with some amazing girls, I’ve got too drunk and made a fool out myself (never again) and I’m really enjoying my course.

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One thing I’m struggling to cope with, to my parents’ surprise, is my inability to cope with a messy, unclean kitchen and unfortunately I have landed the role as ‘Mum’ in our flat family, as I’m always cleaning. Nevertheless I’m enjoying University, however I’m glad I chose to study at a uni close to home, as I’m thankful I have the opportunity to go home when I want (I was especially thankful when I was poorly last week and wanted home comforts).

Societies are a fundamental part of getting fully involved in the University’s spirit and feeling like you are part of a community. Therefore 7 weeks ago I joined a number of societies including: Drama, Musical Theatre, Blogging (of course) and Dance. I was excited to join a group of people with the same interests and passions as me and eagerly attended all of the first meetings. The first few meetings were fun, everyone was happy to mingle and I met lots of new people. I was excited for the weeks ahead.

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My first knock back was when I didn’t get a part in the musical I so wished to be involved in, not only that but they failed to tell me this and I found out through somebody else. I was extremely disappointed however I still went to the society’s meetings which (apparently) are open to all. Unfortunately it didn’t feel like that was the case at all and I found that those involved in the musical and “the committee” formed a clique and weren’t very welcoming at all…

This seemed to be the case with all the other societies I joined (excluding the Blog Soc as they’re lovely). If you aren’t an expert/incredibly good at the society activity/hobby then there is not an opportunity to become properly involved in the group. I feel like I’m quite good at a range of different things, but don’t have a speciality where I excel. This has put me off from attending the societies’ meetings, due to feeling “not quite good enough”.

Just recently I’ve put my own personal (perhaps sensitive) feelings aside and attended the Dance Society regardless. I’ve decided to make myself as involved as I can. Societies should not just be for the elite and they shouldn’t make you feel like they are.

I’d love to hear if you’ve experienced any of the same issues as I have with regards to society scrutiny or even the inability to cope with the dirty kitchen in Uni Halls, please do leave me a comment or tweet me at @modernmaisie.

M x

 

A Fresher’s Feelings

Hello everyone, I’m writing this post from my new home in student halls in York (keep your eyes peeled for a blog post on how I’ve made my room feel homely), how exciting! This past week and a half has been a whirlwind, filled with mainly highs and a few lows, but I never expected to be as busy as I am right now! I honestly never thought my life would be so jam packed when I got to university; I thought it would’ve been a breeze after working full-time for 2 years! But oh how I was wrong, even when I have “free-time” I’m busy, getting to know my flat-mates, reading, cleaning, cooking, joining societies – it’s hectic to say the least! 

 I thought I’d give you all an insight to how I, as a fresher, feel after the first week of my new Uni life!

  • I’m so eager – I feel too keen for everything… I must have signed up to at least 10 different societies (including Blog Soc ;)) I just want to try everything! I feel like I will never have the opportunity to experience all these new things again after University, so I am definitely making the most of it!
  • I’m now a social butterfly – I don’t think I’ve ever met so many new people in my life! I am constantly socialising whether that be chilling in the kitchen with my new flatmates (who are all lovely, in case they’re reading this… hi), studying with my course buddies, meeting people with the same interests as me at society events or going out partying with all my new friends.
  • Tiredness – because of the above I am tired. Oh so very tired. I seem to never stop; routine in my life is currently non-existent and I don’t often know whether I’m coming or going. It can be pretty overwhelming but actually I’m enjoying the new chaos in my life.
  • Going out as a student is completely different – forget the heels and classy dresses as a student you stick to flats (often trainers) and not care as much as to what you look like! I’ve found that everyone is a lot more sociable on student nights out and the drinks are soooo much cheaper (which is a good and bad thing at the same time). Basically I’m having a LOT of fun on nights out.
  • Am I the idiot of the class? Okay I’ve thought this a lot already, but I’m pretty sure it’s a normal thought to have as a fresher. There’s no easing you in to the University way of studying and the lecturers scare you to death about all the work you will have to do this year! This sent me into a panic, thinking “oh my god I’m never going to keep up” but after speaking to others on my course, everyone feels the same… Phew!
  • I’m so excited for the year ahead – I’ve not even been here a fortnight yet and I’m already looking forward to the days, weeks and months ahead of me! I know that this year is going to be my year and I am going to make the most of it by getting involved in University life as much as possible!

Have any of you experienced any of the thoughts I have as a fresher or do you feel different? I’d love to know as I think fresher’s week (and year) is different for everyone and each person’s experience is unique to them!

M x

The #HullBloggers Meet Up (#HBAlPorto) – 30/08/2015

Hull bloggers meetOMG, I’m literally writing this post with a huge grin on my face, as the event was so lovely! If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll have seen me getting very giddy about the meet-up and quite rightly so! Before I get too carried away gushing about how fabulous it was, let me start off by introducing the #HullBloggers Meet Up.

Compulsory pre-event selfie & the lovely Al Porto

#HullBloggers Meet Up is organised by the very wonderful Alex (Champagne & Lemonade), Jenny (Curious Alice Loves…) and Kat (The Kats Paws) who brought 30 bloggers together to meet up at the gorgeous Al Porto Restaurant situated right next to the Hull Marina.

BrandsThe itinerary for the day included networking with brands such as; Lush (which I may have purchased the new hot hair oil product that I can’t wait to test), Viridian, Weleda and LYDC (they have some very lust-worthy bags that you NEED to check out). This time gave us the opportunity to speak and connect with the brands and even test some of their products!

1Al Porto provided us with some scrumptious canapés, which kept coming and coming and were truly delicious, I left feeling very contently full! There was also a unique cocktail made just for the event called the “Hull Bloggers Cocktail”, which unfortunately I wasn’t able to try due to driving (booooo, it looked and smelt divine though).

BloggersWe were then given some time to connect with the other bloggers and get to know one and other (whilst munching on food of course). Every gal and guy there were so friendly and welcoming; I can honestly say that I have started some lovely friendships, which I hope to continue!

raffleThere was a fant-abulous raffle, presented by the gorgeous Lewis-Duncan Weedon, with AMAZING prizes up for grabs, all generously donated to event. All proceeds were given to the brilliant charity the Eve Appeal, the only UK charity championing the 5 women-only cancers. We raised over £200, woo props to us!

GoodiesBuzzing after the raffle, we were then completely surprised when we were provided with not one, not two but THREE big bags of goodies jam-packed with utterly amaze-balls products; my arms still ache from carrying them to the car! I can’t wait to indulge myself trying each one! I’ll be posting my fave products from the goodie-bags in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled for that one!

We then reluctantly said our goodbyes, had one last canapé, took our final photos and left, not quite believing that it was already finished. Time flies when you’re having fun right?

I would just like to say a massive thank you to Alex, Kat and Jenny for organising and inviting me to the meet-up. I’m currently suffering from #HBAlPorto blues and cannot wait for the next one!

M x

Thoughts on being a fresher… Again

University is just around the corner, fresher’s week is approaching fast. I, like many others, am finding my future flat mates and getting giddy about the months ahead of me.

However this isn’t my first time going through the fresher’s process. Two years ago, as a shy, confidence-lacking 18 year old I completed one semester at the party university of Northumbria. I wasn’t ready to go, n’or did I like the course or the place. So I dropped out. Yes I am a University drop-out. It was a tough decision but now looking back, I can say it was the best decision for me.
This time round I am much more ready, I am doing the course of my dreams, I am more independent, confident and out-going. Two years ago I was dreading going, this time I am raring to go!

Freshers' week will look and feel like this... a blur!
Freshers’ week will look and feel like this… a blur!

As this is round 2 of me being a fresher, here’s a list of things to expect, incorrect typical stereotypes and the general fresher facts:

  • Your flat mates are (probably) not going to be psychopathic weirdos – the reason I’m saying this is because this was my worst fear about moving into halls. Just remember that everyone is in the same boat as you and aren’t going to be psychos (hopefully…)
  • You will get Fresher’s Flu – no matter how hard you try to prevent yourself from being struck by the annoying disaease you WILL get it, it’s unavoidable! Stock up on Kleenex!
  • Your diet won’t purely consist of Pot Noodles – okay you will have the occasional one… well weekly! However you will slowly begin to become more adventurous with your cooking. Although pasta will become your staple diet.
  • You’ll fall out with your flat mates over bread – no matter how petty this sounds, arguments like this are inevitable! I mean no way is it your turn to buy the bread again?!
  • You will meet some amazing friends – during your first year at uni (even possibly in your first term) you will meet friends for life, your bond will be unbreakable… But that’s partly because they’ve seen you at your worst drunken state and you don’t want ANYONE to ever hear about the stories they have!
  • You will get homesick – after your crazy first week of fresher’s, which to be honest feels like you’re on holiday, you’ll start missing home. This is normal and it won’t just be you feeling like this. Keep yourself busy, don’t spend a lot of time on your own (that’s when you’ll over-think things) and give your mum a ring; fingers crossed that will make you feel a little better.
  • You’ll be SO tired – the 5am bed times and lack of routine will make you more and more knackered every single day. Therefore you will HAVE to take frequent naps in-between lectures to function.
  • You will find home boring – when you return home from Uni, even just for a weekend, you’ll feel like time passes so slowly and there’s nothing to do! Although this is more often than not a godsend as you can relax and catch up on that sleep you so desperately need.
  • You’ll have lots of fun – even if you’re homesick, suffering from fresher’s flu, absolutely shattered and arguing with your flat mates, you will have fun, so make the most of your time as a fresher!

M x