Bisous, Holly Olivia

Newcastle based fashion and skincare

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Turn and face the strange

Despite last week being incredibly stressful, I am feeling pretty good this week. I left my job last Friday, which was a difficult decision to make but I am confident that I made the right choice. On Tuesday I shot with Alice and then went to The Botanist for a perfume making workshop, which was my mother's day present for my mum. Sadly the day took a sad turn when we got home to find out that one of our beloved chickens had died.

We aren't sure what was wrong with her but have been told that it isn't bird flu, which was our worry. Chickens aren't the most typical pets and I never thought I'd love them as much as I do, but this has hit our whole family really hard, especially since we'd only had Pecky for just over a year.

Writing this the day after Pecky's passing proved quite difficult, I was obviously upset and worried about our other chicken so my mind was easily distracted. If you want to read a bit more about our chickens, then you can see my blog post here.

Thursday, 16 March 2017


The past week has been pretty hectic with work and some exciting blog opportunities, so I am at a bit of a loss as to what to write in my weekly round-up! I've been re-evaluating myself a bit, especially my new year's resolution to 'spend less', which I am kind of failing at. Despite Topshop's insanely beautiful new season clothing, I have been fairly restrained and have been to more vintage sales and charity shops as well as scouring my beloved Depop for items to swap/ buy.

I also got my first tattoo a couple of weeks ago! I had it done at Northside Tattooz in Whitley Bay by Adam Smith, who is a really talented artist. It does need a bit of touching up, but the dotwork style is exactly what I was after and I can now show off my bee tattoo when wearing my bee earrings and bee shirt, to resemble a crazy bee lady.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Bootay Bag review

This past week has been pretty much the same as others recently; work, sleep, eat, repeat. Changing my blog posting day to Thursday is, however, giving me a lot more time to spend on posts if I am busy over the weekend, rather than rushing them on a Monday night after work.

I was initially thinking of sharing another outfit post today, but am still getting the hang of now using Adobe Lightroom to edit my photos rather than Photoshop (my hair is currently not as red in the photos as it is in real life), so I have switched up my schedule a bit. I love a subscription service as much as the next blogger does, so when I discovered Bootay Bag, an underwear subscription service through Instagram, I knew that I needed to try it out.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Not your baby

So, it isn't actually a Tuesday but I've been thinking about changing my posting day for a while and have finally done it. I do usually like to start each post with a round-up of my previous week, but I am really struggling to think about what I did, aside from go to work, meet up with friends and get a fair bit of my hair cut off! I am, however, finally back with some fashion content (it’s been a couple of weeks, I know) and I am so happy about it.

As much as I do enjoy writing about events and lifestyle, the main focus of my blog is fashion and it is what I am hugely passionate about. Part of the reason I am excited about this fashion post is the photos, which were taken by my friend Katie, who is also a North East blogger as well as an amazing photographer!

Tuesday, 21 February 2017


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.


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


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....

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. 

Tuesday, 24 January 2017


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!


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!


Tuesday, 10 January 2017


 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.

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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