Reasons to be cheerful

Thursday, 20 November 2014

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(Hat: ASOS, Jumper: C/O Oliver Bonas, Jeans: ASOS, Shoes: Charlotte Olympia, Coat: Warehouse at John Lewis, Bag: Charlotte Olympia)

Despite these pictures only being taken a week ago, I think it's safe to say even having my naughty ripped knees out would be a little too daring in this weather, maverick I know. But saying that, this outfit and this coat of dreams has pretty much been my go to for running about town- with the helpful addition of a wooly scarf! It's also certainly been the perfect remedy to lots of grey days- after all, who can say no to a spot of colour?

Also- shall we spare a little moment to this a-mazing cheery Oliver Bonas jumper? Firstly, am I the only person that only celebrated the amazing home ware at Oliver Bonas- without even realising they had an equally beautiful clothing range? Every time I walk in to one of their shops I melt a little bit (and continue to debate how much I need coloured wooden bowls), but after spotting their range of beautiful knits and prints- I am a convert through and through, which only means my debit card will have to tread even more carefully every time we head to a store...

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and here's what I wore...



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Sparkle in the city

Sunday, 16 November 2014

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(Coat: C/O Jack Wills, Bag: Baia, Jumper: C/O Reiss, Ring: Astrid & Miyu, Boots: Office, Skirt: C/O Reiss)

It's absolutely no secret that this time of year brings the daylight struggle, especially when you're always taking pictures. When the light sucks away from 3pm, and it's near to pitch black by 4- it's near impossible to ever make the most of the afternoon- and usually conducts a choir of 'oh it feels much later than it is!' But sometimes it does have to be embraced, and if London is bloody good at one thing- it's looking absolutely spectacular at night. So, naturally, Joe and I embraced the twinkling lights, glowing bus windows, befriended our ISO settings and attempted some photos.

Plus, isn't there something extraordinarily festive about the city at night? The sparkling Christmas tree and giant baubles in Covent Garden may have had something to do with it (I definitely did not yelp when I saw the tree), but pulling on my new favourite Reiss knit and pleated skirt- I felt suitably Christmas ready, and certainly warm enough for an evening of strolling around my favourite capital.

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and here's what I wore...


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Why I'm ok with not drinking, and you should be too

Saturday, 15 November 2014

What Olivia Did Drinks One of my first ever posts when I began blogging all those four years ago was about not drinking (which you can spot here). It's not the most well worded piece on the internet, and it probably won't win me any prizes for being articulate- but it was impulsive, honest and was written moments after reading a magazine article that stood out to 17 year old me, like not a lot else had- and a nice change from some incredibly awkward posed dining room outfit shots- but more on that another time.

Not drinking as a 21 year old is pretty weird. Not because I'm constantly feeling FOMO (a lemonade cures FOMO for me a lot of the time) but the constant feeling of justifying why is a little odd at times, and usually makes me feel a bit embarrassed (using other more-valid feeling excuses other than 'you know, I just don't really like it/it doesn't agree with me/I hate feeling sick')- plus, it's the only thing that's ever questioned if you don't do it (nobody ever asks why people don't smoke, do drugs or shop excessively (ahem). But I get it- I know being next to teetotal at the 'prime' of my 'going out out' years is an odd thing and not of the norm, and I can honestly understand every bit of curiosity people have with it. It's ok to ask, it really is.

The thing that irks the most is the unacceptance of it with other people. The fact people can't possibly believe you wouldn't want to drink and make it their mission to just have one, or how funny it'd be to get you just a little bit drunk- a problem that cropped up at every single sixth form or university party, and constantly made me worry about how 'boring' or 'up-tight' I'd come across. In the article I read all of those moons ago, Jameela Jamil puts a good spin on it, 'I don't eat fish, either, yet no one's ever tried to ram a mackarel down my throat'- and it's pretty bloody true. In the past people have assumed I haven't wanted to sit in cool cocktail bars (always a yes- even better when there's sliders), or watch anyone drink red wine with a meal (come on now folks)- and the only difference between going out as a drinker and going out as a non drinker is that you have to add the word 'mock' or 'virgin' to the beginning of a drink- in my experience at least. Fortunately (or not) for most, I'm able to cut some pretty poor dance floor shapes solely on one virgin mojito- win win, am I right?

People often consider it as a superiority thing, and it's funny to think I'd ever feel more important, or better than anyone else solely due to having a tipple in hand (trust me, the last thing I do on a night out is watch other people drinking and think 'ugh, what are they doing'- it's all about focussing whether Beyonce will be played)- because I honestly couldn't mind less. All of my best friends drink, my boyfriend drinks and my family does- and it couldn't be less of a problem if it tried. The only thing that makes a night out different, is that the day after I have a little more to spend at Whistles and sometimes less of a headache- and I'm ok with that.

This isn't a critique of drinking, not drinking or everything in between, and I'm certainly not preaching about my habits- I just wanted to chat about what it's like being on the other side of lots of curiosity from friends and occasionally family, in hope perhaps even one reader can relate and feel a bit less 'boring'- because, check this- you're not! Now get your dancing shoes and enjoy your Saturday night, Cosmo or Cola in hand and paint the town red!

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Getting Christmas ready- already!

Thursday, 13 November 2014

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Seeing as I've now seen both the John Lewis and Coca Cola advert on T.V, I now feel it's completely appropriate to start thinking about Christmas shopping and finally getting organised (because as I learnt last year, leaving it to the week before- is never, ever a good idea. Even if it feels 'festive'. No). So, after picking up some wrapping essentials online (with a little inspiration care of Pinterest)- I began the wrapping process- but not after picking some fail safe gift ideas, of course.

Although there is another hefty gift guide coming over to these parts soon (stay tuned)- I did put together a more concise guide for my little corner of the Boden Diaries, which includes lots of gorgeous pics from their site, as well as some of my favourite gems from some amazing independent online retailers, which you can have a nosey at here! If you have any amazing gift ideas, feel free to shed some light below too- I'd love to hear them!
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Gettin' knitty with it

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

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(Jumper: C/O Benetton, Skirt: Tara Starlet, Shoes: River Island)

Today you lovely folks are getting somewhat of a 'buy one get two free' special offer on the outfit post front, which you can thank the lovely people at Benetton, and their bloody cosy knitwear for. When the brand got in touch asking me to style up some of their heritage wool knitwear pieces, I wasn't too sure what to expect. Although I've walked past the store, admired their gorgeous windows from Oxford Circus and been dedicated to the brand since their quilted barn jackets of my secondary school days (am I correct in thinking these were the staple of 2004?)- I haven't stopped to appreciate their knitwear of late; simply knowing they came in a wonderful paintbox bright selection and were always of a pretty high standard...

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(Coat: Warehouse, Jumper: C/O Benetton, Skirt: ASOS, Shoes: Charlotte Olympia, Glasses: New York)

...and high standard they are. With a deliciously sweet pastel selection fronting their heritage knit collection, I couldn't have been more excited to style the pieces up- and celebrate some of my favourite era-inspired looks whilst keeping cosy- win win, am I correct? With this time of year bringing miserable mornings and dark afternoons, it's so easy to match the forecast and stick to muted monochromes- but light shades needn't be intimidating- and I'm pretty sure I had a little too much fun celebrating this spot of cool winter sunshine in some sunny shades too...

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(Jumper: C/O Benetton, Trousers: Topshop, Shoes: Next)

Opting to channel the 'one colour' trend, 'am-I-a-Christmas-tree-yet?' look and something combining a little bit of sixties, seventies, and eighties in my last look- it was fun playing around with lots of different styles- all made up of pretty simple pieces, but all packing a little bit of a trend led punch if I do say so myself! It just goes to show being layer-savvy can be fun, and the cold weather does have it's charm. Kind of.

Post in collaboration with Benetton


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