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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!
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!
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.

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 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 -
2. Corduroy trousers, £12.49 -
3. Button blouse, £8.99 -

4. Chunky cat eye sunglasses, £5.99 -
5. Lace bra, £2.99 -
6. Side stripe trousers, £4.55 -

7. Bardo white top, £6.99 -
8. Beret, £2.99 -
9. No Bra Club top, £2.99 -

10. Stripe top, £6.89 -
11. Velvet trousers, £12.86 -
12. Face earrings, £2.59 -

13. Metal cat eye sunglasses, £3.69 -
14. Saint Pablo tour merch, £19.99 -
15. Small bag, £10.70 -

16. Wide leg trousers, £7.25 -
17. Corduroy jacket, £13.56 -
18. Faux fur bag, £12.99 -

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Top 5 Highstreet Makeup picks

I've recently really cut down on the amount of time I spend on my makeup. I really love quick and effortless makeup. I go for light-medium coverage, a dewy/glowy finish and all neutral colours. All these products are £10 or less and are staples in my makeup bag. The past year I've swapped over to only using cruelty free cosmetics so none of these products have been tested on animals either!
 I've used this product for yearsss. If I ever try out a new foundation this is what I always end up coming back too. A medium coverage that's really build-able. What I love the most is it's dewiness, I can really layer it on without it getting cakey (which is amazing!).

I was using a super pale concealer under my eyes for the past couple years and I've recently moved onto this one from Elf. I have used the conceal and highlight duo from Elf before and it was really poor. However the HD lifting concealer, I love. From the very similar packaging I'm presuming the formula is meant to be similar to the Nars creamy concealer (I'm just guessing here). It's lovely and dewy, which is what I really look for in my base make-up. It also has good coverage for a more lightweight and bendable concealer. A downside: the colour range is sparse. I use Fair, which is the lightest and it's too dark for me without a tan!

 A very natural highlight stick, which gives a gorgeous golden glowy sheen. I didn't love this product at first when I was using a brush to blend out, but as soon as I used my fingers instead it was just the product I needed!

I've got such fair eyebrows I used to only used to use a eyebrow pomade and really draw on a defined shape. However, I've been growing them out for the past 8 months and (although very blonde) I have eyebrows again! I've been using mostly just this brow product on them for a more natural feel.

This product was revolutionary for me not only did it match my naturally very ashy hair tone but I just can't fault it. A third of the price of dip brow and I have no plans on upgrading. I used to use this all over my brows but now just to fill in sparse patches and to add definition. 
Thanks for reading!
Olivia xx

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Los Angeles & Vegas Photo Diary

With the amazing weather in LA we took whatever chance we could to visit the beach or the pool. All my swimwear on this trip was from (which they very kindly let me pick out!). I first chose a classic white bandeau bikini - here. As well as a cream bandeau swimsuit, which was so flattering, especially if you've just eaten a big lunch haha- here. Lastly I picked out two printed bikinis. The first a underwired with a polka dot print - here. The second another black and white print  - here. I loved the quality and the fit and the website definitely caters to everyone!

I love to take new swimwear on a holiday with me but I always struggle to find a good balance between comfort and what's on trend. I think my picks really suit what I look for in swimwear: minimal & stylish with that trend and comfort balance. Whilst I was away, if we were spending the day near a beach I'd wear a bikini under neath whatever outfit I had on that day, so the Swimwear 365 styles I took with me were perfect for this! The fabrics and fits where really comfortable to wear all day (plus I was really impressed with the range of cup sizes on the site!) I love to pair denim or loose fabric shorts with a neutral bikini top, I think it looks really flattering and relaxed. It was such a staple look for me on holiday and it definitely fit in well with the laid back LA vibe!

SO my last trip I had booked this year was a pretty big one, I flew out to Los Angeles with my best gal Georgia to chill, shop and mostly eat all the food I could.

The first four days we stayed in a Airbnb in Culver city, such a beautiful area! We didn't have a pool at the house so we did a couple days visiting Malibu & Venice beach. As well as shopping on Abbot Kinney and Melrose Avenue. The Butchers Daughter was an amazing vegetarian breakfast & lunch spot, I had the surfers breakfast which I'm still thinking about. 

We hired a car for the whole time which was a massive life saver. Next we drove from LA to Vegas, we had a couple days booked to drink margaritas and obviously fill up on more food before heading back to LA.

When we returned to LA we stayed at the Line hotel in Korea town which was such a cool hotel. I've included pictures of the rooftop pool are which was beautiful! We spent our last few days doing a little more Sephora shopping and filling up on In-n-Outs animal fries (I miss these the most) before heading back home!

also check out Georgias blog here, I know she's got some fab content coming up from the trip too!

Speak soon,
Olivia xx

*This post is sponsored by Swimwear 365*

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Autumn Basics OOTD

Happy Sunday! I spent the day mooching around Winchester, a very usual Sunday for me. Arrived back home to some new Missguided pieces today! You best believe I headed straight back out again to grab some outfit pics haha.  I'm surprised I haven't already bought myself a camel coat this year. I love them for autumn, they make monochrome outfits look x10 more put together. I paired them with also new snazzy pair of cut out boots. I feel if Chloé and Acne made a baby (a shoe baby that is) it would be these. I'm totally obsessed with them! 
There's also a few 30% off codes floating around for Missguided at the moment (the only one I can remember off the top of my head is @emilycocklin: EMILYCMG30, one of my favourite insta accounts at the moment!). 

I've got a highlights post from my trip to LA & Vegas coming very soon!
Olivia xx

W E A R I N G   T O D A Y
shirt - Zara (something similar)
trousers - Missy Empire
neck tie - Misspap* (something similar)
sunglasses - Missguided*

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Post University Life

Finishing uni earlier this year was an amazing feeling, I studied womens wear design and pattern cutting at LCF for four years and 2 degrees later I feel like I'm ready to move on. 

From the age of 14 I knew I wanted to work in fashion and by 17 I decided I wanted to study pattern cutting at LCF and live in London. After doing all those things I hadn't planned much further. I collaborated for my final collection and am so proud to be the only pattern cutting student to make the LCF press show for 2017 but it was the most stressful time of my life. The work load and pressure of the show on top of a third year final collection was utterly crippling. I encountered the most vile and awful individuals and I do think stress and money just brings out the worst in people. 

I'm so thankful my family, my boyfriend and friends have supported me unconditionally throughout. After all this I took the summer off, enjoyed blogging and travelling. I've spent time in Ibiza and Amsterdam, I've just come back from LA and Vegas. I definitely needed the time off to just create content and live a normal life again.

So what are my plans for the future? Honestly I don't really know. I class myself as a creative person, I love to design and make. Job wise there's a lot of roles I'd love to try out. Having a blog opens doors into social media and PR but I love digitally editing, styling etc etc . So who knows where I'll end up in the future! I have got plans to move back to London with my boyfriend at some point but I think I'd only do a couple more years of renting there. Matt says he'd like to buy a house with a garden and London house prices put me right off haha. Compared to what he owns in Southampton the difference is CRAZY what you can get for your money out of London.

Anyway!! Just a little life catch up really and thoughts about the future. 
Happy Saturday,
Olivia xx

mug- Tiger

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New In: A/W Staples

Hey lil chickas, long time no post but I've got a whole heap of new content coming up, make sure you're following on bloglovin so you don't miss it! I'm all about finding amazing bargain pieces, I love mix and matching high street and high end, can you believe this lil bag is only £7! ah-mazing. 

Just a quick one today so gonna love you and leave you!
Olivia xx

sunglasses - Rayban
jumper - Primark £10
bag - Primark £7
earrings - Zara
jeans - AG Jeans*
boots - Public Desire

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£15 and under Autumn Staples

I've pulled together some favourites of mine that I think are great transitional wardrobe pieces into spring. Light coloured knits are a secret winner of mine.. jumpers, scarfs, sweatshirts all don't look like you're dressed too 'wintery' in paler colours. Off the shoulder jumpers and jumper dresses are also fab pieces for this in-between 'not too cold but also a bit rubbish' uk weather we have this time of year. Best part is everything is £15 and under, super affordable and really easy pieces to wear later on in the year too!

Happy Monday! 

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Blogger Chat #1: Staying True to Yourself

My boyfriend can 100% confirm that I’m a gal of many opinions, one thing I absolutely love is just chatting with friends and family about controversial topics and current affairs. I love to be challenged and I'm really open to hearing other peoples opinions. SO that being said, that is what this post is all about. Just me voicing some thoughts and experiences, but by all means feel free to let me know if you agree/disagree or think something else, cause we’re all friends here! 

The last couple years I’ve grown the majority of my readers, both on Instagram and my blog. Now if ya know me you’ll know I love clothes, styling outfits and sharing affordable high street pieces (I’d say that’s a good 90% of the content I create haha). So it’s always a dream to get to work with brands I’ve shopped at for years as well as new companies I’ve discovered through blogging!

BUT where do you draw the line when it comes to taking on every collaboration? I don’t think anyone can deny it’s enormously flattering for a company to reach out and want to work with you. It's easy to get carried away, I think it is so important to remember to stay true to yourself. I always think 'would I recommend this brand/product to a close friend?'. If not, it wouldn't be right for me to positively promote it online.

One of the first collaborations I ever agreed too was a 30 day Teatox, it was back in the day when they started trending across social media. I really wanted to try the product and it felt like I was being let into the inner blogger circle, in the form of a box of weird smelling tea bags (seriously lol, why am I like this). 
Now, did I actually bother to read up about the Teatox? Nope. I was happy enough to post it on my Instagram without much of a second thought. I look back and really regret it. I wish I’d have had a think as to why the PR gal was encouraging me to post about it before I’d had time to even try the product. That kind of shows they weren't after my genuine opinion, which is why blogging has become such a huge community after all. You read someones blog and you get to know them and trust their recommendations!

 I did however use and drink, the entire box of tea (I didn’t try and flog it on depop the next day, don't worry!) but I just didn't rate it at all, I didn’t notice a difference in my body and just drinking green tea would have probably been a lot better for me.

You live and you learn, it’s not that big a deal to most but it has always been something that niggled me. I think this kind of minor ‘selling out’ is so common on social media. How many celebs have you seen promoting hair vitamins and protein powder with a very scripted and almost identical caption to the previous 17 other sponsored posts you’ll have seen that day…

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not judging. We’ve all got bills to pay and every person has their own prerogative. This is just the debate I always have with myself, when should I decline an offer? would I actually spend my own money on this item if it wasn't gifted?. I actually feel really good about turning down opportunities now that I just don't think are for me, or if I don't think my content is being valued enough. Blogging is more work that people think and x3 scheduled Instagram posts for a free phone case just doesn't feel right anymore.

I really admire blogger ladies and gents that have strong morals when it comes to their content. The bottom line is people aren’t stupid, so I think it’s really important not to pull the wool over the eyes of your readers just for some free stuff. Long term is it really worth someone loosing trust in your opinion?

 Anyway I could go on for days about topics like this, every situation and person is different. Isn’t it so difficult to come to some kind of conclusion with matters like this?! That’s why I love chatting about it so much. That’s just my two cents on the matter (in a nutshell). 

Do let me know if you enjoy reading posts that are more of a discussion like this, I’ve got lots more to say haha. 

Happy Tuesday loves,
Olivia xx

shirt - Zara
skirt - Missy Empire*
sunglasses - Bershka*
necklace - H&M
shoes - Missy Empire*

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How to Style a Trench with Jack Wills

So today I'm chatting a little about a long time favourite of mine, the classic trench. I think I owned my first trench when I was around 15! Now if you've read my blog for a while you might know that I'm all about wardrobe staples my own is built from classic shapes and trusty basics. Truly I think the trench is a timeless piece that just instantly makes you feel cool whenever you put it on.
Here I've paired it with some other wardrobe essentials: a white silk top, washed mom jeans, low heel mules and a small black boxy bag.

I think Jack Wills have nailed it with their Trench styles, they've got you covered with a really classic style, as well as length and colour alternatives if you're after something a little different but still nailing those trench vibes. You can have a look at the Jack Wills womens trench coat styles here.

Read Jack Wills's own guide on 'How To Style a Trench Coat' to have a look at how some other fab ladies are styling up the trench. Showing you these different styles in more detail and will definitely get you inspired!

Happy Friday,
Olivia xx

*this post is Sponsored by Jack Wills, all words and opinions are my own*

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