Friday, 25 December 2015

These boots are made for walking









Jumper- H&M
Jeans- Old H&M (Similar)
Coat- Topshop Petite
Boots- Betsy
Bag- The Biscuit Factory tote
Hat- unknown

First of all; Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it and are reading this on December 25th! I hope you are having a wonderful day.
I was in Edinburgh last week with my photography class, and stumbled upon this jumper whilst in H&M with a friend and I knew I had to have it. I have been lusting over sparkly items for weeks now, and I love the green of the jumper as well as the oversized fit and the thickness of it- it is certainly cosy and warm! I think it maybe makes me look sliiightly like a fisherman, but I will work with that. I have been in dire need of some new boots, especially for when it is raining or showing outside; and I stumbled upon these boots by coincidence when I was Christmas shopping in Tynemouth. They remind me of Dr Martens but they have zips around the opening, which is really cool and makes an outfit slightly more edgy and rock n roll. The photos were taken by my resident photographer (my dad!) whilst out on a walk earlier this week. Next Tuesday (29th) is my 18th birthday, so I am hoping to do some sort of birthday themed post for that.

Holly Olivia x
Friday, 18 December 2015

Christmas jumper day






My first Christmas jumper EVER has come out of the depths of my wardrobe in time for the Festive season. It isn't the most Christmassy jumper, but it is really cute and was only £7.50 in Sainsbury last year- so who could argue? If I am honest, I wouldn't buy another as I'd rather invest in a more wearable jumper, so this one will have to sustain the annual Christmas Jumper Day, as long as possible. I wore it with my Glamorous skirt from last year (M&S have recently produced an exact copy of this skirt, which is rather disgraceful of them, but it's available here). I also wore my faux fur Miss Selfridge coat, as it is getting veerryy chilly in the North East now. My bag is from Antik Batik and I am in love with it. It is so stunning, well made and the perfect size for days out when you don't need to carry a huge amount. These photos were taken on a walk to Tynemouth where we went to Dil and the Bear for Lunch before going to the market and treating myself to a piece from Ruby & Frank boutique (which I am going to style for a blog post so- watch this space!)

Holly Olivia x
Friday, 11 December 2015

Trying gluten free snacks from Holland and Barrett



I initially went into Holland & Barrett for Lentil Chips as they are my absolute FAVOURITE gluten free snack, but went a bit nuts when I heard it was buy one, get one half price so decided to try some new snacks for my blog. The first snack I tried was these apple crisps from Emily Fruit Crisps which were £1.79. I have never been overly keen on fruit crisps because they are often quite mushy and have little flavour, but these still tasted of fresh apple and were lovely and crispy. This is due to them being cooked in a vacuum, which helps them retain flavour and health benefits. These crisps are gluten free, vegan and contain no added sugar, preservatives or additives- so a very healthy snack for on the go! (Also, how stunning is the packaging?!) 



I then tried these Raw Chocolate Goji Berries, from the Raw Chocolate Co. I think I heard Amelia Liana mention these in a vlog and was desperate to try them! These are gluten free and vegan, as the chocolate is made with coconut butter. These were seriously delicious and cost £1.49.



Being gluten free, most crisps are off the menu for me but these crisps are some of the best I have tried and the bag size is perfect if you have a big appetite (like myself!). I got the chilli and lemon flavour which are just hot enough and at only 79p for a fairly big bag; they're a common staple in my diet when I am out. 



I thought these sounded really tasty. I always eat seeds in my granola and with yogurt for breakfast, and I think they taste especially good with honey. These seeds are cooked with coconut and honey, and were very good but not quite sweet enough for me, and were the most expensive snack I bought at £1.99.

Holly Olivia x
Friday, 4 December 2015

The AC/AG jeans dress

Okay, okay. So this isn't THE AC/AG jeans dress, but how do you expect a poor student such as myself to be able to afford the original? Since the collection was launched, I have been lusting after so many of the pieces from it, as well as the high street versions. I especially loved the button up denim shirt dress, and tried on the Miss Selfridge version in York in January. However, I was unsure of which size to get so decided to go back to my local store with someone to help me, but they didn't stock it near me anywhere! Eventually, I snapped this one up on Depop and was close to tears when the seller said she could do it for £15 including postage....

Outfit one

Dress- Miss Selfridge. Sold out (alternative here)
Coat- Miss Selfridge last year
Hat- Primark last year 

Makeup

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation shade No52- Vanille 
Soap & Glory Kickass Concealer in Light 
Rimmel Match Perfection loose powder in transparent 
Soap & Glory 'Wonderbronze' powder
Bourjois eyebrow pencil in 07- Noisette 
Soap & Glory supercat eyeliner in Carbon Black 
Maybelline Lash Sensation mascara
Kate Moss/ Rimmel lipstick in shade 30 
Nails- Orly Color Blast shade Violet Pastel 










Initially, I was planning on taking these photos outside but my damn hat kept blowing away! After last year, when this same hat blew away under a moving car, I have been very afraid of wearing floppy hats in blustery weather. Trying to find a pretty background indoors resulted in me having to move my desk and everything on it, to be able to take photos of myself in front of my gallery wall. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter then you may have noticed the absence of my fringe..... I was going to grow it out until I got serious hair envy over Samantha Maria and now I can't decide whether or not to keep it! I have had my faux fur coat for nearly a year, but haven't managed to shoot photos of it yet! It was a Christmas present from my Aunt and Uncle, although I got it in February as we rarely see them. I had wanted a faux fur coat for ages, and looked for one in the Christmas sales, but they had all sold out in my size. Mine makes me feel very Kate Moss and is so warm, for when the weather is cold and miserable. It also looks so stylish with jeans and an oversized jumper, or dressed up for the evening with a dress or skirt! 


Outfit two

Dress- Miss Selfridge. Sold out (alternative here)
Beret- Accessorize years ago 
Scarf- H&M (not online)

Makeup

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation shade No52- Vanille 
Soap & Glory Kickass Concealer in Light 
Rimmel Match Perfection loose powder in transparent 
Soap & Glory 'Wonderbronze' powder
Bourjois eyebrow pencil in 07- Noisette 
Soap & Glory supercat eyeliner in Carbon Black 
Maybelline Lash Sensation mascara
Kate Moss/ Rimmel lipstick in shade 30 
Nails- Orly Color Blast shade Violet Pastel 






I adore my leopard print beret. I have had it for a few years but have recently rediscovered it and had forgotten how much I love wearing it! I get really cold ears around this time of year, so hats are definitely essential to me. The trend of big, oversized scarves is also amazing. I got mine from H&M in September, and loved the softness and pattern of it. However, I only realized once I got home that it has 'Kyoto' on it in huge letters, oops. I don't think this is noticeable when it is worn, and I love how large it is- it really keeps you snuggly and warm in the cold weather! The Topshop coat is my new A/W coat for this year, and it I love the simplistic shape of it and the contrasting colour detailing under the collar and cuffs. It feels very Alexa Chung and Parisian, and is really good quality. Soon, however, I think I may have to break out my faux fur jacket permanently as it is getting rather chilly in the North East of England! 

Holly Olivia x
Thursday, 26 November 2015

Art Portfolio

For my finished pieces of work; I have included a variety of works I have created which show my skill set and the variety of materials I enjoy using. At the beginnings of my project, I began using inks and watercolours, in order to work in quite an illustrative style. More recently, however, I have discovered that my forte is abstraction; focussing on colour, tones, shapes and working on more unusual materials such as wood and canvas board, opposed to paper. This has also allowed me to experiment with using palette knives and pieces of cardboard to paint with, which is what I have used mainly for my abstract portraits included in my digital portfolio. These works were inspired by Janet Wayte, Peter Hallam and, more recently, Kandinsky; who I have only just begun to work in the style of. One reason I enjoy working abstractly, is not having to draw. I like sketching and drawing, but I prefer to paint and I like how painting straight away onto the canvas forces you to work with your mistakes. I have also included some of my A level photography work. At the beginning of this year, we were set the task of looking at documentary photography, so I decided to create my own series of documentary photos when I went to the open day in Glasgow. I really like this image, because of the composition, framing and colours of the lights reflected in the rain. Recently, I have been exploring the theme of fashion and portraiture photography, and I have included two of my photos from a series of studio portraits I took of my friend; inspired by Ben Hassett and exploring the idea of how makeup changes our identity. For my preparatory work, I have included pages from my sketchbooks, including my textiles sketchbook; which I did up to AS level last year. For my AS project on identity, I began by sketching items that I felt linked to my identity. I then experimented with drawing these items again onto different materials, including maps. Primarily; I looked at cameras as I have always loved photography and I have a lot of vintage cameras which are amazing to draw. Later, I was inspired by Tracey Emin’s work to create self-portraits in ink; scribbling out the faces to convey a sense of a loss of identity and belonging. I also combined this work with my mixed media backgrounds, drawing onto a map and an envelope. From a watercolour self-portrait, I created collages using photocopies of my work and extracts of stories I wrote about when I was bullied; to create a more personal and raw series of works. My observational drawings are of mouldering fruits and vegetables, to link to my A2 project on ‘transform’ and the idea of decay and rotting. I began by doing 2B tonal pencil drawings, but later decided to try using inks, watercolours and charcoal to create more unusual and experimental drawings.


Finished pieces
November 2015- acrylic on wood
This is a self portrait inspired by Peter Hallam and Frida Kahlo, exploring the theme of identity. 

November 2015- Acrylic on canvas board
Portrait of my sister inspired by Kahlo and Hallam, pictured with her two favourite animals; to show her identity.

September 2015- Watercolour and pencil on paper
Self portrait inspired by Kahlo and Henrietta Harris, exploring my identity through objects (my camera).
September 2015- Print on paper with washes of watercolour paint
 Print made with mouldy fruits and vegetables and painted into with watercolour. I like the illustrative feel to this print.
October 2015- Acrylic on wood 
Janet Wayte inspired abstract painting of onions on a block of wood. This was when I began experimenting with abstraction.

November 2015- acrylic on wood and an old map
Inspired by overlayed photos taken of fruits and vegetables, I wanted to experiment with painting onto different backgrounds and materials.

November 2015- Acrylic on wood and a map 
Another abstract piece inspired by overlayed photos taken of fruits and vegetables; with a Janet Wayte inspired background.
October 2015- watercolour on paper
I painted cabbage leaves with acrylic paint and created some paintings from them; including this watercolour one.
October 2015- Photograph
I was only in Glasgow for one night but wanted to portray the beauty of the city; even at nighttime.

November 2015- Photograph
Ben Hassett inspired portrait of my friend. I preferred this image cropped because the framing and composition looked visually better.


Observational Work

September 2015- 2B pencil on paper
Observational drawing of a rotting onion. I liked the darker tones and highlights in this sketch.

September 2015- 2B pencil on paper
Observational drawing of an onion and apple. I like the tonal shading and graphic- look to the apple.

September 2015- Watercolour and ink on paper
Ink pen sketch from a photograph I took of an onion, with a wash of watercolour, to add vibrancy.
October 2015- Charcoal on newspaper 
I decided to use various charcoal shades for this tonal sketch. I like the shapes and lines in the fruit.

September 2015- Ink and watercolour on paper 
This drawing was done in ink and watercolour, and I like the shapes of the onion and the graphic look. 

September 2015- Watercolour and ink on paper 
This is of half of an onion, drawn with watered down ink and a wash of background colour.

Sketchbook work

June 2015- Ink on mixed papers
I wanted to create a different look to my sketches, by drawing onto different types of papers.

June 2015- Ink on mixed papers
Drawn with ink and a paintbrush, and then a cocktail stick for the  lace details on the top.

October 2015- Collage made from a photocopied self portrait and mixed papers 
I created 'articles' about me being bullied, and circled negative comments people said about me.

October 2015- Collage made from a photocopied self portrait and mixed papers 
I circled details about the physical abuse I received and I like the sepia tones to this collage.

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