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A Bloggers Guide to Winchester

Although I don't hail from Winchester I've spent many years now living here in-between my time in London. I thought it was about time I shared some of my favourite things to do and places to visit.

So firstly you'll want to check out the high street, there's a White Company, Space NK, Jigsaw, to name some of my favourites! If shopping isn't what you're after, the town has lots to explore. Head down a side street and there are so many pretty roads and beautiful houses to spot.

If you caught my previous post I paid my first visit to Rawberry last week. It's so great, I love the food and the interior. I had a charcoal latte today (!!) tasted amazing, I highly recommend.
It's great for a healthy lunch or just a coffee/smoothie!
T H E   H A M B L E D O N
My all time favourite shop in Winchester, I take everyone and anyone here. I get most excited about the homeware bits, books and beauty ranges. Always the best displays, you'll end up leaving with things you didn't even know you needed but now can't live without.
So this part is probably only going to be interesting to blogging gals like myself. Winchester is such a pretty town there is an abundance of places to grab outfit photos, I took mine today on Parchment Street, can't beat a classic white wall haha (it's also quiet enough that I'm not in everyones way!).

jumper- Zara
top- River Island
bag- A.P.C
belt- Missguided*
jeans- AG Jeans* (similar)

F O R T E   K I T C H E N
For lunch, my favourite is Forte Kitchen. it can be easy to miss as it's kind of tucked away but has great food and atmosphere. 
Alternatively if it's good weather the BEST thing to do is grab a bunch of your favourite food from M&S (my personal fave) and head over the Cathedral or Abbey grounds. If it's sunny & the weekend it'll be busy, but there's always room to sit on the grass and people/ cute dog watching.
Lastly, if you have the time Winchester cinema is the best you'll ever go to. It's small (only 2 screens!) but super fancy. Exposed brick inside, the seats are velvet and roomy, plus show great films (old & new). There's a bar and you can even grab yourself some pre film tapas, what more could you want!

I tried to keep this post condensed but there's so much more I could mention, think i'll follow up with a part 2 at some point! If you have any favourites I haven't mentioned do let me know!

Happy Sunday,
Olivia xx

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Tuesday OOTD

Hi friends, so this is just a really quick post today! I've been sewing like mad the past week working on my final collection for Uni. I ran out of fabric so had to make a trip into Winchester, which obviously meant checking out Rawberry for the first time too. Although I spend so much time in the town centre I've never actually been (it's in a great spot for people watching by the way!). Inside is really cool, it's all vegetarian with lots of healthy smoothies and snacks- love!

So Aurore was kind enough to send me some pieces recently, today I'm wearing the Rivoli dress. It's such a lovely wardrobe staple to invest in. I wore it to a party with my boyfriend at the weekend I dressed it up with heels and a clutch, but I think it looks super cute with a jumper and jacket layered over too. I love having versatile pieces in my wardrobe, my style is so simple it really gives me more scope with outfits!

Happy Tuesday,
Olivia xx

jacket- zara
dress- Aurore*
jumper- h&m
boots- TkMaxx/ public desire
sunglasses- h&m
bag- zara

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Holiday Wardrobe Inspo & Prep

So I booked my holiday this week! I'm heading to Ibiza with my boyfriend in a few months time! You might not be that surprised to hear we'll be staying clear of the more notorious areas. We're going to being enjoying the beautiful beaches, food and culture the island has to offer (& all the cocktails, of course!). I'm so excited to give my wardrobe a holiday refresh, so sharing my current wish list and pinterest inspiration! 

d r e s s e s

o n e p i e c e s

t o p s & b o t t o m s

a c c e s s o r i e s

 Happy Sunday!
 Olivia xx

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Saturday London City Guide

Hello! Okay so today was just going to be an outfit post but I had such a fun day I thought I'd share what we did too! There's so much to do in London it can be a little overwhelming sometimes, but if you're after a pretty chill day and nothing too touristy- this might be for you!

We headed to Broadway Market first (okay I'm really sorry I don't have photos), but it's my favourite Saturday market. Great for food, flowers and cool homeware/ jewellery stands too. We stopped by Franco Manca for pizza and a beer after we'd spent a while browsing the market.

Shoreditch was our next stop, we grabbed a coffee at Friends Of Ours on Pitfield Street (I used to live on that road so was super cute to pay a visit again).
Both watches are from Daniel Wellington, I'm wearing the black canvas strap which is a great alternative to leather! I've linked them both at the bottom of the post.

From Pitfield Street we headed to Curtain Road (where I go to Uni, also cute haha) to give GoodHood a visit. It's SO cool, possibly the coolest shop I've ever been in. Stocks womens, mens and homeware. Brands like Comme Des Garcons, HAY & Have A Good Time. Matt loved it too, he kept saying 'I need to buy something'.. honestly I could relate, it was such a great store *take my money!!*.

Box Park was our next stop, really great pop up shops there. Decorum is fab for homeware and Astrid & Miyu have beautiful jewellery! Also the upstairs is amazing for street food. Have a search online before you head in to see what's there at the moment!
I grabbed us an Ice-cream from Softserve, green tea!! I'm a sucker for anything Matcha really, not only did it photograph really well It tasted great too.

Lastly we took a little look down Redchurch Street, some more really nice shops including Aesop & Modern Society. On a late sunny Saturday afternoon it's really chilled and was a great stop off before we headed home.

 w e a r i n g

jacket - zara (similar here)
sweatshirt - h&m mens (similar here)
bag - stradivarius
jeans - missy empire*
sunglasses - h&m
necklace - h&m

Matt's wearing a Levis jacket, topshop jeans/sunglasses, dr martin boots & daniel wellington watch*

I also have a 15% off code for the entire Daniel Wellington site! 'OLIVIAWH15' is valid until the 30th of April!!

Happy Saturday!
Olivia xx

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Statement Boots OOTD

So I really suck at blog posts recently, I've got a handful started but never finish and post them!! Anyway here's a new outfit I wore this weekend. I held off from this black teddy coat for a while because I just didn't think I needed it but oh my god I was so wrong! It's exactly what my wardrobe was missing for this in-between spring weather, wearing a heavy coat is becoming such a pain now.

I had a really lovely weekend, nothing too crazy. I stayed in Ringwood on the Friday night with my boyfriend Matt. We drove to Bicester Village Saturday morning had lunch and a did little browsing there. I'm really proud I didn't end up buying something, I was treating it more as 'research' (kind of but not really) for my degree. Looking at high end garment finishings and that sort of thing!

Sunday we ended up back in Winchester, which is always a weekend go-to for us. We normally grab a coffee and some food, do a little shopping (The Hambledon is my absolute fave, I ended up buying How to be a Modern Gentlewoman).

Of course I roped Matt into taking some outfit photos for me before heading home. I'm lucky he's so patient with me because I am an utter nightmare. I always have an idea of what kind of photos/angles I'm after and can only feel comfortable to ask for something different aka 78 more takes with my family and friends. I think this is why I'm not too keen on using a photographer... until then I'm just embracing my low quality photos and increasingly crappy camera haha.

Lastly, THESE BOOTS. Love them or hate them (I was even greeted by my sister with 'I'm sorry but what are on your feet' I just can't get enough. Firstly they fit like a dream and make me feel straight out of Zoolander, and also entirely make the outfit. I spotted them in TkMaxx and instantly snapped them up. They're unbranded but Im almost certain they're from the same manufacturer as the Public Desire Raya (I'll link them below). I don't know how else I'll wear them yet, they're a perfect high to wear with kick flares, I'll think i'll pair them with other wide leg trousers. Might have to take to Pinterest for some ideas!

Happy Tuesday!
Olivia xx

jacket- Missguided*
jeans- Missguided*
watch- Kapten & Son*

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Day to Night OOTD

I wore this outfit with some strappy heels last weekend to a family do in Liverpool and absolutely loved it, I wasn't able to photograph at the time so was really looking forward to shooting it today. Definitely was no way near as cold last week and it actually started SNOWING as soon as I took my jacket off. To my boyfriends delight we managed to take the photos I needed in 5 mins and run back to the shops to warm up!

I also wanna talk about these jeans.. I thought they were leather at first on this site but they're actually a coated denim, I think this is why they fit like a dream! I'm heading out to Winchester tonight with the same outfit (I feel like outfit repeating is okay when it's at opposite ends of the country? haha) but i'll be swapping trainers for something a little fancier! 💃

Happy Saturday!
Olivia x

trousers - MISSGUIDED*
bag - Stradivarius

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Valentines Day Gifts & Ideas

pyjama shirt- MISSGUIDED* , trousers- Missy Empire, shoes- Whistles
candle- Tom Dixon, hand cream- Aesop
5. 'I hate you the least' coaster
6. Blush bustier bra & pants

I think this is my first ever Valentines day blog post, which is surprising because it's one of my favourite days of the year! Whether you're spending it with partners or pals it's a really great opportunity to let the people around you know how much you care for them. 

To me Valentines isn't a day to feel bad for being single or a competition of who can spend the most on their significant other. I think it should be about appreciating people in your life. Even sending a card to someone you know dreads February 14th every year is a really thoughtful gesture, a little really does go a long way!

How lovely would it be to give a cute pair of gimmicky socks, a card and someones favourite flowers? or instead of going out for dinner make some paper decorations and cook at home? Homemade touches really do show the effort! A valentines day years ago I spent hours cutting pink post-it notes into heart shapes and put them all over the walls, it was cheap, effective and funny (and definitely not lame!! haha).

If you're a girl like myself and believe deeply in 'treating yo self', go and get yourself some new fancy pyjamas and spend the evening relaxing. It could be a glass of wine in the bath or pizza and your favourite movie (or both!). Dedicating time for yourself is just as important as doing that for others!

Anyway hope this might have helped if you're feeling a little stuck,
 happy Friday! 
Olivia xx

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Bare January OOTD

As I'm editing this post I'm still really excited about this outfit. One of my favourite things about ~blogging~ is shooting an outfit that genuinely makes me feel x10 more confident. I left the house with bare legs in January and still felt like I knew what I was doing.

I also wanna talk about this shirt dress!! I already posted a photo on my Instagram the other day but really want to reiterate how fab it is! It's the softest shirt fabric and feels so expensive, plus has ties on the sleeves and side pockets.. so you know I was already sold on that alone.

The fishnets socks are fairly new too, been wearing them so many different ways! I'm after a rose pink colour next but seem to be sold out everywhere!!

coat- Missguided
dress- Misspap* (code 'OLIVIAH10' for 10% off your order)
bag- Misspap
sunglasses- Missguided* (similar here)
socks- Asos
boots- Zara (similar here)

Happy Tuesday! xx

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Knitwear Co-ord

How does everyone feel about knitwear co-ords? I love them. I posted about an Asos jumper dress a few months back and I get the same kind of vibes from this Miss Bardo set. I either pair them with trainers or boots. Can you believe it's only £20 for the jumper and skirt! Paired with the velvet boots and faux leather it's a very ~me~ outfit. 

jacket- Zara
boots- Zara
bag- Zara

Am I the only one who has given up with even starting new years resolutions? The last few years I've always just felt if I wanted to improve an aspect of myself or my life I'll just do it then and there. 

I was actually asked at a nye party what my resolution was and to avoid sounding conceited I just gave a generic response of 'trying to eat healthier', might not have gone down to well if I actually replied with 'I made so many positive changes in the last 18 months I don't feel there's anything I want to drastically change'. Could you imagine!!

Of course I'd love to eat less crisps and drink more water but I'm a big believer in moderation. (Maybe that's why I look particularly cheerful in this set of photos because I headed out to eat nachos straight after!) My heart has just never been in resolutions, although I wish I was one of these people that it worked for! I would love to hear any success stories, maybe I'm doing it all wrong haha.

Happy Sunday, 
Olivia xx

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