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Blogger Chat #2, 2018 Goals

The latter half of 2017 had some big changes for me, I had my final graduation from uni which after 4 years studying at LCF and 3 years before that studying fashion at college I felt really ready to move on. After finishing I took a few months off for myself, the first time in years with no deadlines! August, September & October I travelled alongside blogging and had a amazing end to 2017. 

Since then I’ve been working for a fashion label in London (have a read of my get to know me post if you’re interested in what I actually do!). I’ve actually found that because I have less time to blog and create my own content, I have more motivation to really work and improve it. I always want to create interesting reads and images and do feel torn over the quality vs quantity battle.

Indoor pictures are quick and straight forward for me, but I don't feel they’re the most inspiring. I love finding a location that really puts an outfit into context. I’m trying to find a good balance of creating a weeks worth of content in two days, which means a lot of bribing of my family and friends to be photographer. I’m really trying to post what I would want to see rather than what’s easiest that day.
I feel like I’m getting to where I want to be with my content, I’m never 100% happy but I think thats kind of normal!

Matt and I are planning on moving later this year and having the opportunity to move anywhere is really liberating, It’ll 99% be back to London. I’ve thought about Manchester or even abroad, I’d love to live in Amsterdam or Stockholm for a little while. 


So what are my goals for 2018…

  • I want to be constantly improving my blogging content. Always challenging myself and learning something to improve. 
  • I want to move somewhere I feel inspires me. Plus Matt really wants a garden haha but I know that would be one more excuse to adopt a dog! (As much as I want to adopt all the dogs everyday I won’t be until my lifestyle would suit having one).
  • I’d love to do some freelance art direction. At the moment I’m really enjoying digital marketing and content creation so feel that would be the next organic step for me!

I wonder if my goals will change throughout the year! For now this is what I’m working towards day to day.

Thanks for reading! As always, message my on Instagram @olivia_wh if you want to chat about anything I’ve discussed in this post, I'd love to hear your thoughts! 

Olivia xx

W E A R I N G
jumper- All Saints (similar here)
belt- H&M
jeans- AG Jeans*
boots- 4th and Reckless* (similar here)
earrings- Primark (similar here)

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Underwear as Outerwear




With Valentines/ Galentines next week, Boohoo set me the challenge of styling up a piece of their lingerie in an 'underwear as outerwear' outfit, and I love putting posts together like this!

My first thought was lace body and high waisted jeans, but 1) it's freezing out, 2) I already own/wear outfits like that so wanted to try something a little different'. I picked out a simple (and super comfy) bra over a basic white tee, velvet trousers and black beret. I love a monochrome outfit, and always appreciate comfortable clothing too. Like these trousers! I don't think my photos do the velvet trousers enough justice but I'm loving them, also seriously lusting after the matching blazer, think that would be such a great combo!

Whether you're wearing your underwear over or under this Valentines I'm a big advocate for TREATING YO SELF. If you're looking for a lil treat (cause you is worth it chica) I've included my favourite lingerie picks from Boohoo too!

W E A R I N G

jacket: missguided*
top: boohoo*
bra: boohoo*
trousers: boohoo*
sunglasses: missguided* (alternative here)
hat: boohoo*
bag: primark
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Get To Know Me


Two lovely ladies Georgia and Tami (@glameramo@tmbrxo) recently tagged me in the facts about you tag on Insta stories. So to get myself back into the blogging swing I thought I'd use the opportunity to put a lil post together! Here's me summed up in 10 random facts!


1. Although I've lived in Winchester for years I'm actually a northerner, I'm originally from Liverpool but sadly lost most of my accent (but not the sense of humour heh heh).

2. I have a super smart black lab called Pig, we adopted her off a lady who couldn't look after her anymore. She was enormously overweight and her real name is actually Cassie, we kept the name as she was 18 months when we got her (a little too old to change), but due to her very greedy nature she goes by Pig too haha!

3. I'm a horror junkie, both films and books, I'm totally obsessed. Silent Hill has always been one of my faves, but The Babadook, The Blair Witch Project & Pans Labyrinth are also in my top 5.

4. I've recently moved in with my boyfriend into his flat in Southampton, we've been together 2 years now. Surprisingly as much as I nag him for not managing to get his dirty clothes in the wash basket, we never argue. I think we've had about 2 arguments since we've been together. This is totally down to him being such a genuinely nice and chilled guy.

5. I'm a massive introvert. I love my own company and I don't think i've ever felt 'lonely' being on my own. Blogging is such a great way for us introverts to connect with other cool blogging gals and boys without being completely overwhelmed.

6. I can play the piano. Weirdly I come from a pretty musical family, myself, my parents and siblings can all play at least one instrument.

7. I have an enormous family. My Grandma (aka my favourite person in the world) is Irish so the list of cousins are endless.

8. I've been a vegetarian for 13 years, but I'm still a big foodie. I could eat Pizza & Mexican all day every day.

9. When I was younger my dream job was to 'be Lara Croft', I thought she was super badass!

10. Alongside blogging I work as a social media manager for a fashion label in London. I run the social medias, create content, manage influencer outreach, image retouching etc etc.


W E A R I N G

earrings- eBay

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Christmas Decor Inspo


Happy December! How quickly has this year gone?! Luckily Christmas month, aka December is my favourite time of year. To ease you into the first of my Christmas content, here's a little post to give you some ideas on some festive DIYs!
Forage
I love having a home filled with plants and flowers. Gathering twigs, pine cones & leaves is fun and free. Finding the right branches that can then be spray painted and decorated look beautiful & subtle, perfect decoration for a hallway or kitchen. I'm also planning on painting some pine cones and temporarily replacing the fruit in the fruit bowl with some white tipped cones!
Wrap
I love wrapping when it comes to gift giving and not just at Christmas! Although I feel this time of year it's that little bit more acceptable to really go all out with the glitter and pom poms. Here's a few easy example I love. Personally I'm a big fan of brown paper and it's usually my go to. I always doodle some snowflakes or add cut out white paper silhouettes of trees or stags (this was last years wrapping). Another little tip is snipping small branches off the back of your Christmas tree and give it a little snow spray (I think I buy mine from Hobby Craft), I tuck these underneath the twine I've used on each gift.

Decorate
Last year was the first year I decorated for Christmas with full control of all the decorations. Luckily my boyfriend just lets me get on with it! We have really similar taste and as long as not everything is super feminine he likes it haha (oh the fragile male ego). Anyway, all of these images above can easily be made at home. Grab yourself some crafting card and give Pinterest a good search. Pinterest is full of amazing ideas, how lovely are the decorations in the middle?! I also think good old fashioned paper snowflakes can look super chic, I love how they're hung in the last photo! I will definitely be making some paper garlands the line the hallway with.


Thanks for reading!
Olivia xx

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Pretty Little Thing OOTD



I'm back with another outfit! This time I've teamed up with Pretty Little Thing to share some of my fave pieces from the site. Of course its also Cyber Weekend and everything in this post is currently discounted, happy days!
As always I love to share my favourite fashion finds and it's of course a massive bonus when they're also amazing value for money. I've been after pink fluffy sliders for soo long and these are perfect!
This coat is also something I'm super happy about, individually most my wardrobe pieces are neutral. I love giving my outfit a lil summin' extra with this coat, and it still feels like a 'me' outfit.

Does that make sense? There are SO many trends I love but I try them and think it doesn't feel right or doesn't suit me. For example baker boy hats categorically do not suit me, they look so cool and fab yet my little moon face does not agree and the result gave us quite a few laughs at the least. My point was I still feel this is a really comfortable and easy outfit for me (even with the vinyl platform boots haha).

Anyway I'm getting side tracked, if you're interested in grabbing anything from this post while it's discounted everything is linked below or you can have a browse on the site here https://www.prettylittlething.com/black-friday everything's up to 50% off! Happy Shopping!

Olivia xx


pink fluffy sliders


*this post was in collaboration with Pretty Little Thing*
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Ebay Fashion Finds

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen my Insta Story from a couple days ago, I shared a few of my recent favourite eBay fashion finds that are crazy cheap and I had really positive feedback which was fab!

First of all if you've never shopped from wholesalers on eBay here's a few things to keep in mind...

1. If you're paying ridiculously low prices, don't expect too much from the quality.
2. Accessories (sunglasses, jewellery, bags) are usually the most accurate to the photos, clothing can be hit or miss.
3. I try to only buy items that are shipped from the UK (or which ever country you're based in) as there's less of a chance of a parcel going missing, postage is usually free and it arrives much quicker!
4. For clothing read the measurements provided in the listing. The sizes are usually Chinese not UK, and will come up super tiny if you don't check your measurements and order the correct size.

I can't guarantee that these items are going to be identical to the photos. It's very similar to ordering from shops like Shein, Romwe and SammyDress. These sellers will often use photos of the garment theirs was copied from. If I order something I try to keep my expectations quite low, just to save disappointment. Saying that, most of the time I'm really pleased with items I've ordered!

What I love the most about these eBay finds are it's really easy to try out a trend if you're unsure if it's for you or not. I ordered myself a pink beret last week for £2.99 (including postage!) I've seen them listed for upwards of £10 on Asos and Topshop. If you're worried you won't wear it more than a couple times, this is a really great way of trying it out and not feeling you've wasted a lot of money.

Anyway, here's my best finds at the moment. All the links are at the bottom. I hope it's helpful!
Olivia xx


(left to right)
1. Sheer star top, £4.99 - http://bit.ly/2zG9Uks
2. Corduroy trousers, £12.49 - http://bit.ly/2zGZi4t
3. Button blouse, £8.99 - http://bit.ly/2zH07dz

4. Chunky cat eye sunglasses, £5.99 - http://bit.ly/2A35LaM
5. Lace bra, £2.99 - http://bit.ly/2zFsEAr
6. Side stripe trousers, £4.55 - http://bit.ly/2zHpsEc

7. Bardo white top, £6.99 - http://bit.ly/2A1PmDg
8. Beret, £2.99 - http://bit.ly/2zECrH5
9. No Bra Club top, £2.99 - http://bit.ly/2A1sZ0U

10. Stripe top, £6.89 - http://bit.ly/2A1DEse
11. Velvet trousers, £12.86 - http://bit.ly/2zEjRPc
12. Face earrings, £2.59 - http://bit.ly/2zGoSXC

13. Metal cat eye sunglasses, £3.69 - http://bit.ly/2zEdeMR
14. Saint Pablo tour merch, £19.99 - http://bit.ly/2zFg4B1
15. Small bag, £10.70 - http://bit.ly/2A1PLFM

16. Wide leg trousers, £7.25 - http://bit.ly/2A2Cwol
17. Corduroy jacket, £13.56 - http://bit.ly/2A1wK6n
18. Faux fur bag, £12.99 - http://bit.ly/2A1TByK
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