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. 

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.

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! 
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.
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.
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? 
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!
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!
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'. 
Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Faux fur and flowers

As much as I adore summer and summer fashion, the fact that faux-fur season is drawing ever closer is getting me oh-so excited for wearing faux fur coats. In the meantime, I am opting for this beautiful Primark faux fur ombre gilet, which was only £18 and is such a versatile piece! I like the longer length of the faux fur, and the fact that it is quite a statement piece. 
Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Reinventing basics with SheIn

Today I am working with a clothing brand called SheIn, who have been around since 2008, and "are dedicated to providing the most cutting-edge fashion with some of the lowest prices in the entire industry." (SheIn.com). They currently have warehouses in China, Europe and America,  meaning that delivery can be quick and easy wherever you live! 
Tuesday, 11 October 2016

The perfect party dress with Dahlia

Bonjour! Last week was pretty tiring with work, French speaking lessons and trying to keep on top of doing my blog at the weekend. However, I am off to Leeds on Saturday so am looking forward to a much needed rest and a dig through all of the vintage shops, as well as plenty of good food.
Today, I am working with Dahlia who are one of my all time favourite brands. I love their vintage inspired pieces, and all of their clothes are so beautifully made. I chose the Jade dress in navy to style; with stunning lace details and incredible floaty sleeves- it really is the perfect party dress, and I am excited to wear it during the festive period!

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

LFWEnd- What I wore

I really wanted to take more outfit photos than I got to when I was actually at London Fashion Weekend, but it was so busy that it wasn't easy to. I shot these photos on one of my favourite streets in Tynemouth at the weekend, it was quite breezy and a bit chilly but I braved the cold for my blog! 
Tuesday, 27 September 2016

London Fashion Weekend

About a month ago, I got an email from a blogging network offering 20% off tickets for London Fashion Weekend, so I obviously jumped at the chance to go! It is something I have always wanted to go to, and as I want a career in fashion, it was the perfect opportunity for me to learn more about the industry.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016


It has been ages since I went charity shopping, but an impulsive decision to go the other week ended in me finding a dress with a lot of potential. It was too big, not to mention too long, but with a couple of tucks along the neckline and a bit (okay a lot) of the hem taking up- it has been transformed into the perfect 60s mini dress.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Changing of the seasons with Zaful

It seems to be reaching that time of year when the nights get a bit colder, and we have to wave goodbye to summer, so transitional dressing is what I am all about at the minute. Today, I am working with a brand called Zaful, who sell an incredible range of clothing, for even more incredible prices! When they got in contact with me about working together, I have to admit that I was slightly intimidated by the amount of clothing they offer. As well as plenty to match the current trends, they had so much retro-inspired clothing, which suits my style perfectly! 

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

My week in film #1

Inspired by the lovely Lizzy Hadfield, I wanted to start doing 'my week in film' on here. I was given my film camera by a relative, and love using it so wanted to incorporate that into my blog. As someone who did A level photography, I adore taking my own photos but this isn't easy to incorporate into fashion blogging, which is why I love this idea so much! 

Monday-  I only took this photo on Monday, when I made my mum meet me after work with my camera to snap some photos! I was obviously working all day, so didn't have the chance to do much else, but I love this outfit so wanted to get some photos of it. The jacket and trousers are both from H&M in the sale, and were only £7 each-so a total bargain. This look is quite similar to what I wore in my work wear post, which is generally the kind of thing I wear day to day at work anyway. Sadly, none of the photos from the rest of the week until Friday actually turned out! It has been a while since I used this camera so am not an expert with the settings and what works when photographing inside. With more practice, things will improve though! 

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Two years of blogging

Two years ago, I created a Google account and the blog 'Holly Olivia Creates', where I wanted to showcase the clothes I was making in my spare times and my AS textiles class. Two years, two awards, one name change and countless layouts later and here I am! Although I dabbled in lifestyle, beauty and even food blogging, I have discovered that fashion blogging is what I really love doing.

As someone who has had a deep interest in clothing from a young age, blogging about fashion seems second nature to me. I could waffle on all day about the fabrics, techniques and embellishments on clothes but, recently, styling has become my main point of interest. Up until now, I have never had a paying job. This meant that I could only spend money on clothes sparingly, scouring Depop and Ebay instead of the high street. I feel like this is the best way to shop, in a more eclectic manner. Rather than having every item I am wearing being from Topshop, I prefer to mix secondhand/vintage, high street and more high end pieces- such as my Vivienne Westwood bag. This has allowed me to create my own style and I love being able to share it with my readers!

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Embroidered blouse


Blouse- Zara (similar, similar) Hat- HM (similar)    Jeans- New Look    Choker- New Look    Sandals- Sainsbury's (not online)   Jacket- River Island, years ago   Bag- Cambridge Satchel Company 
 Last Sunday, we headed into North Shields for the food festival, which is always one of the highlights of my year. I love food anyway, and there is always live music and plenty of good food available- so it is the perfect day out! North Shields has some really pretty streets around it- which are perfect for taking outfit photos on, obvs.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Styling band shirts

Styling specific items of clothing is a concept which I am hoping to explore more on here! I don't always have money to buy new trends and pieces to style, so needed a new concept to re-style pieces I already own. The first installation was inspired by my post where I wore my Muse shirt, as I had comments from people who hadn't worn band shirts since their teens or who didn't feel comfortable styling them. Band shirts are so easy to style, in my opinion, and are also a fab way to support bands since so many seem to be breaking up due expenses. There are some really well designed and cool band shirts nowadays, meaning it isn't always obvious that you are wearing merch.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016


As you may or may not know, I recently entered the world of work. I am currently doing a year long apprenticeship as a marketing assistant. I wasn't keen on the idea of suits, so was relieved that I am able to dress more casually at work. Prints and colours are my thing, and I wasn't keen on giving them up so wanted to share how I style these stunning printed trousers for the office!
Friday, 12 August 2016


Long time blog readers may remember my fringe from last year, but since I started growing it out in November, I have been obsessed with getting it back. My 'hair and beauty' Pinterest board is crammed full of photos of fringe-inspo and was constantly stalking bloggers with fringes, so it seemed only right to give in and get it cut back in when I went to the hairdressers last week.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

My top picks in Brighton

Recently, I have abandoned my more lifestyle centered posts in favour of more fashion content, following a Twitter poll on what content people prefer from me. However, I found some beautiful gems in Brighton and HAD to share them on here, incase anyone is in need of some inspiration of where to go when they're there! 

Magazine Brighton- Forfars Bakers Ltd, 22 Trafalgar St, Brighton BN1 4EQ

I love independent magazines such as Betty, Oh Comely and Frankie, and Magazine Brighton is full of beautiful, independent publications! I was VERY controlled and only bought the new Betty magazine, but could have easily gone into debt from buying every fashion magazine that they stock. Situated just off the lanes, it is so easy to get to and is still nestled among plenty of other fab shops.  
Friday, 5 August 2016

A touch of copper

So, yes, the location of these photos is veeery classy. I also shot these photos on the same day as my previous post, which resulted in outfit changes in the Brighton library loos. However, I felt like the elegance of this dress needed dressing down with some urban graffiti and apparently some colourful bins.
Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Pyjama style

We all know how flipping comfy pyjamas are so, the fact that pyjama-esque clothing is on trend, is one of the best things ever. Loose, flowy clothing is so comfortable- especially in warmer weather! I have already featured this cami on here, but I wear it SO damn much, that it'd be impossible to not feature it at least twice.

Friday, 29 July 2016


Until recently, I was not a band shirt kinda girl. I loved them in my emo days, but never felt comfortable in them since. Of course, I kind of HAD to buy a Muse shirt when I saw them in Manchester- I mean, come on?! Due to the fact that it is so soft (and also the fact that it isn't overpowering or too much of a statement), I have worn it so much since.
Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Unboxing: Cambridge Satchel Company x Vivienne Westwood

Hello from Brighton!
This is a bit of a different post for me, and I certainly never thought that I would be writing about such an exciting purchase aged 18! Okay, I know that the Cambridge Satchel Company aren't really designer or highly expensive compared to other brands, but as a student; it was an amazing treat to get and I feel so lucky!
I stumbled upon the Cambridge Satchel Company shop in Brighton on Sunday, and HAD to have a nosy in. They stock the most beautiful, well made satchels and I have been lusting after one since seeing Sophia post about hers! My parents were initially going to put money towards my new lens, as a reward for working hard at college and bagging my apprenticeship but, as my Grandparents bought me it for Christmas, they said I could have something else. I spotted this beauty of a bag in the sale, and we agreed to split the cost, as it was a bit pricey for what they wanted to spend. I um-ed and ah-ed between this and the plain versions, but this one is SO unusual and quirky (and made in collaboration with one of my favourite designers) so I was happy to put my own money in to get it!