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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Styling silver for daywear


I've been bit of a busy bee this week, with working at a vintage kilo sale on Sunday (and finding some bargains!) and then working this week to flyer for a different vintage fair, which involved carting my suitcase full of 5,000 leaflets through the pouring rain (and definitely gaining some more muscle in the process!).

There were also a couple more blogs which I was featured on last week, including on my friend Rhiannon's blog, where I wrote a post about styling silk scarves, and on STANCE, which is a uni project by the gorgeous Amara- you should definitely follow her on Instagram if you don't already and let me know if you've read either post!
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Florals for Spring?


I think every blogger and their dog has used this post title, but it's a good quote and fits with this outfit, so I'm sticking with it- sorry if you're sick of hearing it.

I've been carrying on with my charity shop obsession over the past week and have found quite a few new pieces which I am desperate to feature on here, including my dream gingham blouse, which you'll have seen if you follow me on Instagram, it's a beautiful cold shoulder ruffled number and I've worn it most days since I got it.

Last week, I found out that I didn't get either of the jobs that I had trial shifts for, which was really disappointing, especially since I'd been told that I had got one of them and worked my first shift before my shifts were given to someone else. To cheer me up, my mum took me out charity shopping (I'm addicted!) and we found an amazing bag which I will be featuring on here soon.
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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

The orangery


This past week has been busy, but exciting! I had a job interview and a couple of trial shifts, so am keeping my fingers crossed about getting a new job soon. I was also at the Intu Metrocentre fashion event on Wednesday with Alice and Amy, and we met up beforehand to take blog photos which should be up next week!

As well as this, I was featured on a couple of other websites which was really exciting, I did an interview with Bloggerview about a month ago and that went live, as did my first guest post for the Barnardo's blog. I would love to know if you've read either of the posts and am currently working on my second post for Barnardo's so would love any feedback! Lastly, I received my finished blog header from the very talented Ella Masters, and love it, it's the perfect illustration of me and I am feeling a lot better about the look of my blog since adding it to the layout.
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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The colour clash of the season


*Please excuse the plasters on the back of my heels, I stupidly ran to the bank in new shoes with blisters already there resulting in them worsening and staining my shoes with blood... real classy*

Earth Day was last week, and that got me thinking about the ethics behind shopping and our tendency to see fashion as disposable in that, we throw away pieces a lot once they are no longer on trend. My research led to me discover that fashion is the second worst industry for the planet after oil, which made me feel really guilty. When I had my old job, I was really unhappy and made up for that a lot by 'treating myself' to clothes, to the point where I had very little of my wages left at the end of each month.

Now that I am unemployed, I've been doing a lot more charity, vintage and Depop shopping, and have found some ah-mazing pieces all for under £5 in my local charity shops, including the blouse in this post! I still love Topshop (bae) and adore so many of their new season pieces, but I've recently bought a few things from charity shops including a brand new pair of boots for £4.50 (!), a gorgeous Zara blouse for £5 and the most perfect ruffle blouse for £1.50, and am enjoying getting more for my money as well as helping a good cause.
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

You are not a diamond, you are not a shining star

"You are not a diamond, you are not a shining star

It doesn't mean that you're not perfect exactly as you are"


The first time I heard 'You are Not' by Young Guns, the lyrics really struck a chord with me. As someone who was bullied throughout most of high school, I've never had a huge amount of belief or confidence in myself, especially in my blog believe it or not. 


When I won the North East Blogger Award for 'Best Student Blog' in 2014, I was quick to tell my high school business teacher who had always supported me in my studies and been there for me when no one else really was. She was so lovely about it and nominated me for my school's enterprise award because of it, which I won during the leaver's assembly. I was genuinely happy to have won, especially since I knew my teacher had nominated me, but my happiness was soon turned to embarrassment as I went to collect my award. Having been bullied a lot during school, people in my year found it really funny that I wrote a blog and laughed and jeered as I went up to collect the trophy. I didn't even want to look up from the ground. 

Fast forward two and a half years and a girl who wouldn't even touch a piece of paper which belonged to me now follows my Instagram, people who spread rumours about me online and at school now want to meet up and tell me that they like my blog.

I'll have been blogging for three years come August, and I know that there are bloggers out there who've been blogging less time and have more 'success' in terms of followers and brand deals, which I let get me down for ages. In time, I've come to grow proud of my little corner of the internet, my social media following (which is definitely picking up this year) and, of course, the sponsored posts and collaborations which I have been lucky enough to do.

It's really only a year since I started focusing on fashion as my primary blog content, and only August since I did my first fashion collaboration with a brand but, since then, I've been so lucky to work with some incredible brands including Dahlia, which is a brand that I have loved for years and never thought I'd get to collaborate with.

My content may not always be perfect, and there are always posts which I know could be slightly better, my following may not be as huge as other blogger's but that doesn't mean I put any less effort or am any less happy with what I am doing. I may not be Zoella but, for the first time in a while, I feel like I'm doing pretty damn good at this whole blogging lark. 

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

You know you're the coolest


This past week has been a busy one, I had three looks to shoot for this post as well as a further three for a guest post I am doing with Barnados. My family are also off for Easter, which means I am hoping to get a lot of blog photos shot in advance so that I have lots of content ready to write about. We are also going to Huddersfield on Friday for the Easter weekend, so I am excited to see, and explore, where I will be living next year and to shoot blog photos in a different location.

Shooting so many photos this week has made me realise how far I've come in terms of self-confidence. When I started doing more fashion-based content, just over a year ago now, I would never have been brave enough to shoot in some of the locations where I have been recently, due to the number of people who walk past, but I don't have an issue with it now.

Over Summer I was really confident in my blog and style and adored taking outfit photos in really busy locations but, since, a couple of people and incidents within my old workplace had made me lose a lot of confidence. There were comments made to drag down my appearance, blog, style and hobbies; I freaked out more when I was shooting outfits in public and I think the discomfort is quite obvious on my face in some of my older posts.

In my old job, I was constantly comparing myself to others and didn't know how to make my workwear feel 'me' for ages so just felt weird and not like myself at work. (I later discovered that a PVC skirt and button up shirt is my fave workwear combo). Leaving that environment, after I handed in my notice, left me feeling quite lost and slightly panicked with what I'd do to fill in time before uni, but also left me feeling relieved. I now feel a lot happier with myself again, I think I can put together a good outfit and I also realised that I hate having my hair below chin length; longer hair weirdly makes me much less confident.

As you can imagine, since finding my confidence again, I was so excited to be doing a post styling three outfits from Shein, and spent a lot of time last week planning the looks, locations and shots that I wanted to go for. I've worked with Shein before to style a shirt and skirt so was excited to style three pieces by them, all of the items are also part of their Hot Sale Review, so are even better value!
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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

I haven't got a stitch to wear



I think everyone has those days where they don't have 'anything' to wear. Usually, it is just due to being stuck in a rut with fashion or not feeling yourself quite as much and, to be honest, I have these days a lot! 

Most of the time when I am in this kind of mood, I opt for a similar outfit to the one in this post. An A-line denim skirt goes with everything and gives off super cool Alexa Chung-vibes, as well as being a nod to the 70s; it is my ultimate fail safe. Said style of skirt, such as this Topshop offering, is very versatile indeed and can be worn with any T-shirt, button-up shirt, jumper, cami.... the list is endless. A-line skirts are also something which I feel confident in, and know looks good on even when I am having a bit of a meh day, hence why I own a large collection of them.

The photos in this post were taken by the extremely lovely and talented Claire the other week, and we shot around the Ouseburn Valley in Newcastle. I love how the photos came out and have honestly been so desperate to put this post up to share them!
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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Skincare Routine 2017


So my first week not working was pretty weird but so relaxing, I've enjoyed being able to work more on my blog and social media as well as going charity shopping. Alongside this, to earn a bit of money, I worked at the Quayside Market in Newcastle last Sunday, which was really enjoyable, and I am also working at a Kilo Sale in Durham this Saturday, and am hoping to bag some bargains whilst at work!

It has been a while since I did a skincare post, let alone a skincare routine, but my last one is still one of my most popular posts and seems to constantly be in 'Popular Posts' in my blog sidebar, so I thought I would do an updated one. My skin has got a lot better since I wrote my original post, so I have been using a lot of different products on it.

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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.
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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Rouge



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.
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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.
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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!
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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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