Saturday, 13 June 2015

What Maisie Wore: To College Prom

6th form leavers meal, I'm a student so I'm on a very tight budget, luckily I found this dress in Oxfam a while back and got these shoes from Asos on sale... This is what it looked like...

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Happy Birthday Bob!

On Tuesday I was invited to have an interview with my local radio station BBC Radio Lincolnshire with Melvyn Prior, a year on following "that blog post about the suck me in knickers"! It's very important, I think, for people like me, who don't mind openly discussing the subject to do so because I know how much easier it is to live with an ostomy when people fully understand what it is and why it was/is absolutely essential to my wellbeing.

This post seemed fitting after the interview, today of all days because it is HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOB, 1 YEAR OLD TODAY!

The reality of living with an ostomy (1 year later)

There are some common misconceptions about ostomies - most of which are either not true or can be avoided and made less of an issue. For example ostomy dialogue! They do make noises (very occasionally) but this is ultimately just a stomach rumble for anyone else only our stomachs are outside, so you can hear it more, but by wearing a band, belt or suck me in knickers you can't hear it at all.

Also if I'm going on a night out I time my eating, I wouldn't eat between 11am and 8pm, which gives me between 6pm and 2am to relax and not worry about Bob! I'm not advising this, it's probably not the best idea before having a drink but that's what I do and I feel a bit more at ease by doing so.

A lot of people worry about dating before having the operation. Well I'm sure you already know that physically it makes no difference but I completely understand why it might be a worry, but honestly people aren't horrified by ostomies, the only person scared by him [Bob] was myself a year ago today. Actually thats a lie, a year ago today I was quite happily lying back with morphine dripping into my vein...

I wish I'd have known this before the op...

Dancing as recovery? Two weeks after having the operation when I was well and truly fed up of watching films 24/7 and missing all my friends, I decided that the sooner I got out the house and started doing normal things with Bob (quite literally) by my side, the better. So I got dressed, slapped on some make up and went for a gentle dance. It turns out that dancing, is good for the body, good for the mind!

McDonalds are acceptable once in a while! The bowel is where liquids and salts are absorbed and since I don't have one I have to consume slightly more of each, which means McDonalds was my first trip after being freed from the confinement of a hospital bed! Dehydration is something very important to mention too and one change I have noticed since the op.

In conclusion, over the past year I have realised that the fear of osmoties are only made by ostomates themselves. I know that by having a sense of humour, being open, and surrounding yourself with a group of supportive friends is really all you need... Forget the suck me in knickers!

Please have a listen to my interview because it's only available on iPlayer for a limited time...
Happy Birthday Bob...
And thanks for reading,

The AMAZING photos are from mine and Just Little Lucy's 18th where we scattered disposable cameras around the room and let people get creative...

My black jumpsuit (left) Asos
My sexy little sister's prom dress (right) Blessed

Thursday, 4 June 2015

CSM BA Fashion Show 2015

Central Saint Martins. No one can deny the massive talent that emerges from that university over and over, year after year, and if you can truly say that you wouldn't want to go and study a course there at some point in life well, you're crazy, maybe even lucky because it's pretty difficult to get a place there anyway, I know, I tried and failed to get onto the Art and Design Foundation along with thousands of other applicants, turned up arms cradling portfolio only to get the heart wrenching email a few weeks later with the news...

Anyway, I very luckily got given a ticket (from a family member who used to study tat CSM) for the BA Fashion Show, which was yesterday, and I am absolutely delighted to say that my first ever fashion show was a CSM degree show.

On the runway there were skateboarders (Milligan Beaumont, Print student) and neon cycle wear from Hiroko Masano, who was one of my favourites with dresses layered over the top, a lost old man that appeared to be god followed by female models dressed on feathered hats and garments, which I later gathered were meant to represent well... whores. Taking home the L'oreal Young Talent Award was Jim Hu, whose work challenges whether free will truly exists; because everything is composed in some kind of orderly, mathematical manner.

Outside in Granary Square were some of the students that didn't make it into the show (there are only 40 places) which was really unfortunate because out here there was so much talent also. If anything though, the students' work that was outside had more of a lasting impression, it gave us a chance to get up close to the clothing - even to touch it! A favourite was the collection made from false nails...

Fingernail Dresses
Spotted: Fashion Obscura blogger Maddie modelling in Granary Square

What Maisie Wore to CSM Fashion Show: Red coat vintage; Topshop Mom jeans; Bag with fringing Beyond Retro; Black Converse

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Bob: Meet my stoma!

What is a stoma?
A stoma is a part of the intestine that protrudes from your abdominal wall, placed in between the belly button and your hipbone where waste is emitted into a disposable bag. The difference between an ileostomy and a colostomy depends on what part of the intestine has been removed. When the colon needs to be removed, you are left with an ileostomy (like me) where the ileum (the end of the small intestine) makes up your stoma. A colostomy is created when you need your small intestine removed.

Why I have one?
You might need one because of an inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn’s or even bowel cancer. I had Ulcerative Colitis.
To start with the flares could be controlled by steroids intravenously but during my last one, even a pretty high does of this didn’t make a difference. I always knew there was a chance I might need surgery but I wasn’t expecting it to be so soon.

What is Ulcerative Colitis?
Ulcerative colitis is inflammation of the colon and rectum, I was diagnosed at nine and since then have tried all of the medication under the sun to try and control the flare ups, a lot worked for a few months at a time and then I would eventually develop antibodies towards them and would have to stop. Flare-ups consist of vomiting, bleeding from the colon and diarrhea that all result in other stuff like weight loss and for me, anemia.

Anyway yesterday was a week since the operation, I got out of hospital really soon, only five days after having it but according to my surgeon and my stoma nurse I had youth and determination on my side. I’m not going to sugar coat the situation and say I like it because I don’t, I do after all have a bag of crap on my side the whole time but at least I no longer have Ulcerative Colitis and have to take a lot of medication, always at risk of long term side effects. I no longer get tummy ache and I am now waiting to heal good and proper so that I can go for a following operation to make a pouch so that all being well in a years time after a third operation I can pooooo again!

Yesterday I tried on a pair of Primark suck me in knickers and you literally could not even see the bag at all. I cried with joy, I thought I wouldn’t be able to wear any tight clothes but I honestly think I could wear my skintight bodycon dress with these babies on!

Also yesterday I officially named my stoma Bob, I’m stuck with him for a while so I thought a name would help us to bond. Bob the blob. Me and Bob. I’ll let you know how we go and what exciting things we find to wear…

Maisie X

Monday, 12 May 2014

The perfect prom

It's almost a year now since my high school leavers prom, it's gone so quick and I know that a lot of girls get really nervous about theirs so if I were to do mine again, this time with a fairy godmother sat on my shoulder, I would tell myself these 5 things:

  1. Fake tans/Spray tans/any kind of tans are not a necessity! A lot of girls got themselves extremely brown for my prom but actually it looks so much nicer when you're a natural colour, I used tinted moisturiser for a few weeks before hand so that I was an even shade all over but that was it and looking back at the pictures I'm so glad!
We three pride ourselves in having skin as pale as any vampire, actually I'm not pale enough!

  • Do not be painting your nails 10 minutes before your transport arrives! I did this, I'm sure you will be much more organised than me but make sure of that, I really should have asked my hairdresser cousin to straighten my hair too. Oh and I should have practiced my make up more too...

  • Don't spend loads of money. I was organised getting my dress because it was the only one out of hundreds that I liked and as soon as I saw it on the Coast website, I immediately asked Mum to measure me up. I didn't spend all that much money on prom, I didn't have my make up, hair or nails done professionally and my whole outfit was from the high street apart from my clutch which is my Mum's. The feather cape is Biba at House of Fraser and the shoes are from New Look.

Elliott was the best dressed boy by far, would you just look at how beaut he looks in the grey suit and waistcoat!

  • Luckily, my best friend who was also my prom date, her Mum organised for us to ride in style in an old Morris Minor but if it wasn't for her I would not have organised any transport in time, so think about how you want to arrive. I got ready at Ellie's and this was really fun, the getting ready is actually one of the most fun parts especially if you're going with your friends.

  • Take as many pictures as possible and don't be afraid to ask people to take them of you. This is one thing I regret, I didn't photobomb enough! - and I didn't get one (non-fussy) photo of just myself, you will remember your prom forever so get lotsa shots!

  • And above all (this is a bonus rule) just have fun, don't worry about it because you'll enjoy it even if the DJ is 'soo 2004'! Be the last one dancing, you can always request for a bit of McFly!
Let me know how your prom goes or tell me where you got your dress from if you're had it, I spent so long finding one I liked!
Maisie X

Friday, 9 May 2014

What Maisie Made ~ Houmous and Tortilla chips recipe

As an early birthday present I got something from my life ambitions list; a pestle and mortar. The kitchen in our new house, along with the new chicken tablecloth, now looks complete. You don't really need a pestle and mortar to make houmous, just a food processor but I couldn't work the food processor until Mum returned from Co op so in actual fact, I did use mine! Also I was planning on making falafel but I didn't buy enough chickpeas so I stuck with just the houmous.

In my houmous I put:
1 can of chickpeas
olive oil
3 tablespoons of tahini
a small bunch of coriander
a small bunch of parsley
1 clove of garlic
roughly a quarter of a red onion (diced)
the juice of one lemon
salt and pepper
crushed chillies (as much as you can handle)

All you have to do is chuck it in the food processor and you can make it as rough or as smooth as you want, then to serve I drizzled over more olive oil, garnished with parsley and sprinkled over some of the chilli that I ground in my pestle and mortar

The tortilla chips are super easy, you will need:
wraps cut into eighths
olive oil
and whatever you want to season them with, I used just salt and pepper on some and chilli on another batch

Spread them over a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil sprinkle with whatever you're going to sprinkle, put them into a hot oven until the corners are brown, this will only take a few minutes and you have to watch them because I burnt my first tray, then flip them over and do the other side.

Hey Presto! This is what it looked like...

Thanks for reading, let me know how it turns out!