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!

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

The next best thing after new knickers...

It's the simple things in life that matter, like buying new underwear; handing in a piece of coursework two days before the deadline which happened to me today; and clean sheets on your bed. Or better yet brand new ones with matching curtains!
How exciting, this is the first time I've ever had a quilt cover to match my curtains. I did say there would be a post to show you my new bedroom, I only just put the curtains up because it took me three separate trips to Boyes to finally get the right amount of curtain loops and hooks! I put them up all by myself without the aid of Momma, it took a couple of goes but I got there in the end...

I found the curtains and bedding in Dunelm, they were each roughly £20, not bad at all I don't think. They look perfect in my bedroom, I'm kind of a bit in love with them, the colours are very much like the Willow Pattern which I also love. This dress I found in Primark, I believe it was £13 and the pale pink jumper was a hand me down from my famous jumper supplier; Jane!

The bedding goes rather well with one of my prize possessions, this Rob Ryan cutting was a birthday present from my Auntie, if you haven't heard of or seen any of his work, check him out, everything is really, really pretty, you may have seen some of it in Waterstones, I bought my friend a Rob Ryan notepad for christmas from there.

Here's my camper van coat hook thingy ma bob, camper vans I am crazy for! The black and white scarf on the left, when stretched out is a giant piano! I waited so long to get one of those pom pom scarves from Accessorize and I finally found one at Manchester airport on sale for about £6 two years ago and off we went skiing together happily ever after...

And finally... a rare tidy pile of books and DVDs... I'm going to start a lifetime collection of The Great American Novels, I read The Catcher in the Rye and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for my AS level English, I've read On The Road, To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men but I think I shall purchase a few more yet although I don't think anything can top Catcher in the Rye.
I am a great Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Twilight lover, I truly believe you can love all three without being a traitor to either! Unfortunately though, some of the collection is split between here and at Dad's house so I don't have a dedicated shelf just for Harry Potter like I should.
Did I mention Harry Judd's drumstick there too?
Anyhoo, that's another story for another day,
Thanks for reading, please tell me if you can recommend any good books and films you have seen lately, what do you think of the bedding and curtains?
Maisie X

Tuesday, 29 April 2014


It's been far too long, I've still been around but gosh, it's been far too long since I've blogged. I've still been Bloglovin like crazy, I found some really cool new blogs, I like this one because it's just so fun, I love her crazy outfits and her love of Wes Anderson who is my new favourite film director ever in the world, I had already seen Moonrise Kingdom and Fantastic Mr Fox of course. Then I went to see The Grand Budapest Hotel the other day in cinemas and my English teacher lent me The Royal Tenenbaums yesterday and well... I'm hooked! Margot Tenenbaum (Gwenth Paltrow) the adopted Tenenbaum sister is my favourite character from The Royal Tenenbaums and Suzy (Kara Hayward) from Moonrise Kingdom... Oh My God I love her so much! I love the sixties outfits, she wears the cutest shift dresses and has a typewriter and an awesome suitcase... I just want to be her best friend!

I have come to the conclusion that perhaps Wes Anderson has OCD! All of the shots are symmetrical! I like how there is often an island in his films and an escape route that involves making a map. The locations are always weirdly wonderful and there is always a narrator who is just as wonderfully weird!
My excuse for watching this many films is that... I do Media Studies and English Language & Lit. as an A level so when I'm watching I am (doing my best at) analysing them like crazy so that it's sort of relevant.
What other exciting things have happened? I moved house! So when my bedroom has curtains maybe I'll have to do a wardrobe post, there is also the whitest wall perfect for What Maisie Wore outfit posts.
I had a stay in hospital a couple of weeks back because I had a flare up of my Ulcerative Colitis and I'm going to have to have an operation which involves removing my colon. This means that I will be left with a stoma and an ileostomy bag. Since there are, surprisingly, quite a lot of people with these bags, I'm going to explain this further in future posts. I think it's up to people like me to make it easier for other people having them, and I'd like to find other people with them and see how YOU manage wearing a bikini... this may or not be impossible!
I'm struggling to type because I just picked up a woodlouse and I think it bit my finger so I'll go now but will see you again soon with lots of exciting things to tell you.
Maisie X

Saturday, 1 March 2014

WhatMaisieAte ~ Brownie Recipe

I don't know about you but for me there's nothing I love more than a good brownie, I can never resist one, the other weekend I bought a  recipe book. At first flick I didn't know what to make first but being the biggest brownie consumer on the planet, I thought I'd better start with the "Macadamia Nut Brownies". They turned out to be just darn delicious, quite possibly the best brownie I've ever eaten, this is what it looked like:
What you will need:

20cm square baking tin

240g of dark chocolate broken into small chunks but I didn't have enough so I used some white chocolate too
140g of unsalted butter but I didn't have enough so I used marg
2 tablespoons of cream, which I didn't have any of so I used milk
4 eggs (shit the bed I actually had this ingredient!)
210g of granulated sugar
100g of plain flour
4tbsp of cocoa powder
100g of macadamia nuts, which I substituted for walnuts because they're my favourite (talk about sticking to the recipe!)

Preheat oven to 170 degrees C and line the tin with baking parchment.

Put chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set over a pan of simmering water then add the butter and cream, remove the pan from the heat and leave until the contents have melted, stirring occasionally.

Beat the eggs with the sugar in a large bowl, stir in the melted chocolate mixture, sift the flower and cocoa powder and fold in, then add the nuts.

Scape mixture into the tin, level the surface and bake for 12 - 15 minutes (until the surface is dry but the middle is still fudgy). Leave to cool for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.

And enjoy, I'm sure you will because I did!