Bisous, Holly Olivia

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

#Bloggersonthebus



Bonjour! So, last Thursday I was kindly invited to the #Bloggersonthebus event held at Jalou in Newcastle. The event was to promote the new Stagecoach Bus app, which is available on both Android and Apple and allows you to buy mobile tickets, plan your journey as well as see live bus information.
I had the afternoon off work so was planning on taking the bus to the event but then realised that Stagecoach buses don't run where I live. If it hadn't been for this then I would have loved to take the bus and test out the app properly!
Regardless, the app will make my life so much easier when I go to the Metrocentre since I won't have to scramble around for change to get my bus ticket, I can buy it on the app, and can also check the bus times to make sure I don't miss the bus as per.

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Valentine's Day Wishlist #Ad

I am not usually one to celebrate Valentine's Day but, despite only being in the dating stages of a relationship, I am feeling it more this year! Even if you aren't in a relationship/ dating someone, Valentine's Day can be a great holiday for spreading love in other ways; whether that is heading out with the girls for cocktails and food, or treating yo'self to a cute new dress, Valentine's Day can be great!
I've put together this wish list talking through everything from the outfit I'd wear to what movie I'd pick and even the TV I would watch it on so I hope this gives you a bit of inspiration for your own celebrations this year.

Dress- Nobody's Child        Shoes- Miu Miu    Perfume- YSL    Candle- Diptyque     Movie- Amazon     TV- Panasonic     Handbag- Zara     Necklace- Depop


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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Mais non



Bonjour! Last week was quite an exciting one, with me confirming my unconditional offer with Huddersfield Uni, which now has me all giddy for September so I can finally start my career in fashion. To celebrate, we headed to Ikea at the weekend, albeit a bit early for buying things for my uni room but I got some vanilla scented candles and new Tupperware for taking my lunch to work; thrilling times.

I also received some rather exciting blogger mail, which you may have seen over on my Snapchat (@hollyoliviablog), so expect to see that on here in a couple of weeks! My 'to blog' box is currently overflowing with clothes which I want to shoot and feature on my blog so I hopefully won't be short of content for a while....
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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The perfect 60s mini dress




I am now back at work after a really nice three-day weekend, which was definitely needed after what was not the best week. The highlight of my weekend was Sunday where my mum and I headed to the Boiler Shop in Newcastle for the Vintage Weigh and Pay sale, which was really good! I love the whole idea behind it and bagged some pretty great pieces, it was just a shame that payday wasn't until a few days later, but thanks for the presents, mum! If you haven't heard of it, the Vintage Weigh and Pay sale is a really affordable way to buy vintage, paying £15 per kilo of items instead of per item. One of the items I got is a gorgeous maxi-dress which will be perfect for wherever we decide to go on holiday this year, but I am also thinking about doing a post based around styling maxi dresses for Winter since it goes oh-so-well with my leather jacket. 
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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Shrimps




Hey hey! So last week was pretty good, I got an offer from Manchester Met university and was given an unconditional offer whilst at my Huddersfield interview, so I am really chuffed with myself! Hopefully this weekend I am going to a vintage kilo sale, which will be amazing and I am hoping to find some new pieces for super cheap.

Speaking of vintage, you may remember me working with Hillhouse Vintage last year on a post but, if not, then they are an incredible shop on ASOS Marketplace who sell vintage bags for even more incredible prices. They have also kindly given me a discount code for my readers! If you are in the market for a new bag then you can use the code 'Bisous20' to get 20% off full-priced items.

The bag I chose this time is giving me serious YSL vibes, and I love the gold chain strap. It is a small size, with not much width to it but is a good size for my card holder, phone and lipstick- the everyday essentials! I really like the moc-croc fabric and the gold detailing on the front, it may not be YSL but it is a gorgeous bag!

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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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