Bisous, Holly Olivia

Newcastle based fashion and skincare

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Sacred Monster



I have been excited about this week for a while now! Firstly for this blog post, as these photos which I took with Emma a couple of weeks ago are my favourites of me ever and also for my university interview at Huddersfield, which is on Wednesday. It is also NE1 Restaurant Week, which is possibly my favourite week in Newcastle; there are so many amazing deals on in local restaurants so it is a great chance to try new food.

As in keeping with one of my new year's resolutions to shop less, I haven't been doing much high street sales shopping and instead have been doing more Depop, charity shop and vintage scouring to find some new pieces for less, and am so happy that this entire outfit (excluding the accessories) is secondhand!

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

#WhoNeedsAFilter


 Being surrounded by 'perfect', airbrushed celebrities in magazines, films and TV and on social media can be extremely difficult. It is so easy to compare yourself to a filtered photo of someone who looks flawless who in real life has imperfections; just like we all do. I'm guilty of it myself. The blogging industry is so huge now and there are so many gorgeous women in it, who I definitely compare myself to whenever they post on Instagram or share a new blog post in which they look amazing. Unlike most of them, I am not a makeup pro, I have more expertise in skincare, which I think is the best way of creating a good base for your makeup anyway.

Misfit Cosmetics are a new company who offer luxury products at affordable prices, with the aim of helping their customers achieve an 'Instagram-filtered' look without needing to add a filter. Their tagline is '#WhoNeedsAFilter', which is something I can definitely get on board with as I believe we should celebrate our natural beauty and the way that we were made. It's what makes us unique.
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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Hello 2017



Happy New Year! It is so strange to think that it is now 2017; where has the time gone?! I am now back at work after a really lovely break and am feeling so inspired with my blog posts; I actually have content planned until the middle of March!

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Saying goodbye to 2016



So, this is my last post of 2016! I was initially planning on doing a whole post of outtakes of blog photos but realised that it was going to take so so long to edit each RAW file individually when they all have different lighting etc.

I know that 2016 hasn't been great for most people, amongst other things, I was deeply saddened by the passing of David Bowie in January, a man who inspired me so much and whose music I have loved for years, but wanted to look at 2016 in a more positive light in this post.

This year, I got a job, gained three Bs in my A-levels, got interviews for university and have grown my blog and social media so much. I really only started taking my blog and social media seriously in April, especially for fashion-related posts and have worked with some incredible brands since then; some of which I never thought would want to work with me! I have also come into myself so much as a person, developed my personal style more and gained so much confidence. I met my best friend Beka in October, bought myself a Kate Spade bag with my Christmas bonus and have spent so much time with my family, which has been lovely. 

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

All that glitters



Last week was pretty good with the work Christmas party, which involved dancing to ABBA, prosecco and lots of good food, and was a lot more enjoyable than I thought it would be. I also got possibly the best Secret Santa present ever, however, this week I am counting down the days until I finish work for Christmas! I'm actually in the apprenticeship academy all week which means that I will (hopefully) finish at 12:30 on Friday ready for Christmas Eve the next day. The festive period is always really busy for my family, with Christmas, my birthday and New Year that it will be nice to have time off work for a much-needed rest.

It is so weird to think that there will only be one more post after this one in 2016, where has the year gone? I also have numerous posts planned out for the New Year, so am hoping to get as much as possible photographed and written whilst I am off work so that I have less to worry about when I am back full-time.

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Leopard print loving



This past week has been pretty tiring, to say the least. As much as I do enjoy Winter, with Christmas, my birthday and having a well-deserved rest, leaving for work when it is dark and still being at work when it gets dark feels like my days go so quickly. I can't wait until the evenings start to get lighter again so I can actually have some motivation to do more after work than just sitting around and working on my blog. Another reason why my Christmas break has me all excited is that I will have a lot more time to get content together for my blog, work on my uni portfolio and just sleep! 
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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Nailing the A/W16 trends



Hey, hey! So, December is finally upon us and it is slightly unbelievable. This year has gone so quickly, it is mad to think that a year ago I was prepping for art degree interviews and now am doing something completely different. Despite deciding that I do want to go to uni next year, rather than stay in full-time work, I have had a lot of time to learn more about myself and what I want to do, as well as grow my blog more and earn myself some money!

I really only started adopting a more fashion-based approach to my blog in April, and my photos and content have improved so much since then. Thanks to this, I have had the opportunity to work with fashion brands for the first time including some which I had admired for years and never thought I would get to work with!

Although I love the festive season (it is also my birthday on the 29th!), I am so excited for January so I can go to my Huddersfield interview! I am currently spending time making mood boards for my portfolio, I'll also be taking my laptop along to showcase my blog.
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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

It's the little things...



A couple of weeks ago, an email appeared in my inbox from James Viana, who make really beautiful and delicate jewellery; one thing which I especially love about James Viana is that they give 10% of their profits to charities which work on causes for women. They kindly sent me the .925 Sterling Silver Pendant which is studded with Cubic Zirconia gemstones. In general, I don't wear much jewellery, mainly just my watch and Links of London bracelet, but this pendant suits my style perfectly and is so delicate that it can be worn with anything without being overpowering. They also have provided you, my readers, with a 20% off voucher code to use before the end of the year! Just use 'JVBO20%' at the checkout; you can thank me later.
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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

The skin detox with Facetox



*Disclaimer- I was actually wearing a towel in these photos, it just ended up cropped out* 
A few months ago, I asked Twitter (of course) what posts everyone wanted to see and most people said fashion, thus I embarked on a solely fashion-focused blog despite my post about Subclinical Acne remaining one of my most popular ever! 
I am still passionate about skincare and beauty in general; despite my method of applying eyeshadow being more finger-blending than using different brushes. Sorry bout it. When Facetox got in touch after reading my acne post and offered to send me their Extract, Pull and Detoxify kit to try out- how could I say no? 
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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Night Music





Bonjour! So, last week was pretty alright, I finished off my latest unit of apprenticeship coursework, got some rather exciting blogger mail and finally sent off my university application for next year-eek! Since starting work full time in August, I have had so much time to think about what I want to do for the rest of my life, and have now applied for fashion communication and promotion courses across the country- which involves photography, styling and blogging so will definitely be the perfect course for myself. It was also a great week for music with Hello Operator debuting their EP and Blossoms releasing some new tracks; which really helped with livening up my daily commute to work!

Anyway, a few weeks ago Romwe got in touch about working together, and when I saw this silver skirt on their website how could I say no? You know how much I love silver (based on how often my silver boots grace this blog) but silver skirts are everywhere at the moment due to metallics being bang on trend for A/W, and I loved the A-line shape of the Romwe version. The skirt itself is a pretty good fit although and the quality is great for the price. I love the muted silver colouring and the fabric is quite thick so will hold its shape; it is also nicely lined. I further like the leather grain effect to the fabric, which makes it look more like the real thing!
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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Archive by Alexa



If you've been following my blog for a while, you may remember how disappointed I was with the last Archive By Alexa collection at Marks and Spencer. However, when I saw the new collection, I instantly fell in love with so many of the pieces. In fact, I was there at 8.30am to be one of the first in Newcastle to try it on, which caused a small crowd of M&S staff to wait for me outside the changing rooms and ask me a lot of questions. I ended up getting three pieces from the collection, and obviously had to share them here!
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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

You used to get it in your fishnets



First of all, Bisous, Holly Olivia has a new design by Pipdig. I am still tweaking a few things, but let me know what you think of the new design! 

Until recently, I had never been a huge fan of bags, but have recently discovered a love for them- especially good quality ones. Hillhouse Vintage are an amazingly affordable ASOS Marketplace store, who sell beautiful vintage bags, and they have also kindly given my readers 20% discount for full priced items with the code 'HollyO20'. 
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