Heading into Autumn

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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(Hat: C/O Forever 21, Blouse: C/O Forever 21, Jacket: C/O Forever 21, Jeans: C/O Forever 21, Boots: C/O Forever 21, Rings: C/O Forever 21)

After embracing bare legs weather for as long as humanly possible, and still refusing to whip out the opaques- I have a sneaky feeling that I may be having to turn to jeans and a light jacket for the foreseeable future (or until, fingers crossed, the next heatwave is announced- ahem). Although the title was solely for poetic use (it certainly sounds a lot more romantic than 'trying to avoid crappy transitional weather), this overcast and drizzle combination is certainly not something I'm happy getting used to just yet, although spotting all of the gorgeous Autumnal clothes in shops is making everything a little more bearable, right? Take Forever 21 for example...

Until recently, it'd been a long time since I'd been in Forever 21. There's no real reason why, but a habit of heading to the same high street shops, and an attempt to save some money certainly may have had something to do with it, but heading in a couple of weeks ago I was pleasantly surprised. Not only did I pick out this outfit quicker than the speed of light, I also made a wish list of several of their other new season pieces- if Autumn is going to look this trendy, I don't mind too much!

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and here's what I wore...



Post in collaboration with Forever 21, but hey- they have some great things!


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What Olivia Cooked: French Toast

Monday, 15 September 2014

French Toast Recipe What Olivia Did
Now, French toast is bloody easy. Let me tell you that. I'm not even sure it warrants a recipe on here as it's literally 3 ingredients (cinnamon, vanilla extract and anything else are totally optional- but equally tasty)- but seeing as I only started eating and making it myself during a recent trip to the US- I thought I'd share it, incase anyone else has yet to discover the next wonder of the world. Plus, it now reminds me of this hilarious Louis CK clip (from 1:21 HERE) that Joe now always says at the mention of the above, so that is only ever a good thing too (plus it's a great breakfast treat)...

French Toast Recipe What Olivia Did You will need (per slice):
- 1 egg
- 4 tablespoons milk (or a big glug)
- Brioche loaf (most bread is fine, but the sponginess makes it more absorbent)
- Syrup/Raspberries/and anything you fancy to go on top!
French Toast Recipe What Olivia Did
1. Crack the egg into a wide bottomed bowl (if possible), and add in your milk. Whisk until completely combined.

2. Soak your toast in the milky mix for a couple of minutes, and rotate to make sure it's completely soaked (I don't like my toast too soggy, so don't worry)!

French Toast Recipe What Olivia Did
3. Pop a knob of butter in a frying pan on a medium heat, and wait until the butter has melted and the pan has heated.

4. Pop the bread into the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes until a golden brown colour on each side, flip half way through- adding more butter if necessary!

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5. Remove from the heat, and serve straight away with all the toppings of your choice. Repeat as necessary ; )

If you give these a go yourself don't forget to use the hashtag #bakewithliv so I can see! Also, let me know if there's any recipes you'd like to see! I have a baking giveaway coming up too, so keep your eyes peeled!


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A weekend in Somerset

Sunday, 14 September 2014

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(Jacket: Dahlia, Dress: C/O Olive, Bag: Brit Stitch, Shoes: ASOS)

A couple of weekends ago Kristabel, Lucy, Dunya and I hopped on a coach from Hammersmith, donning our weekend best- for a weekend in Somerset, to celebrate our gorgeous friend Carrie's birthday. Staying at her family home, we spent a weekend giggling, practising our very best West Country accents (which, let me tell you- weren't half bad), visiting Monkey World and wrapping everything up with a good ol' Sunday pub dinner. But of course, no visit to Somerset is complete without a visit to Kilver Court (read: the dreamiest shopping outlet, filled with everything from Orla Kiely to Mulberry)!

We spent our afternoon in the space discovering and browsing lots of gorgeous brands (including Jack Wills and MiH), coming very close to having a naughty moment in Mulberry (next time) and eating a hearty lunch in the pantry- all before spending the final part of the afternoon indulging in a gorgeous afternoon tea. But this wasn't just any old afternoon tea. Hosted by Mulberry and Kilver Court founder, Roger Saul- we were let us into some exciting future plans for the outlet, and told us lots of inspiring tales about his time in the fashion industry; as well as also sampling lots of cake and scones- which is pretty spot on for a Saturday in the country indeed...

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Style Essentials...

Friday, 12 September 2014

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(Parka: C/O Dorothy Perkins , Bag: Lulu Guinness, Shirt: C/O Dorothy Perkins, Jeans: Miss Selfridge, Boots: Office)

To me, a cool (or should I say warm- hohoho) parka reminds me of three things- one, eskimos/explorers doing their utmost to be practical and stay warm (and dressing correctly at that- if worn right, a parka can act like a wearable duvet), two- that Mick Jagger for David Bailey photograph (because I will always strive to look that cool with my hood up) and three, models off duty- looking slinky AND warm- it's a win win look. So, when Dorothy Perkins asked me to style up a couple of their new Style Essentials I was sold, and with one being this snug as a bug jacket- I've never felt so ready for the coming months (last winter I vowed to invest in one after freezing my bits n pieces off whilst parading around in a light jacket in Feburary) - plus, if it makes you feel like Cara D you gotta be on the right track, surely?

Their second Style Essential is a trusty pair of day-to-night block heels- and if they come in a triple colour way, you're safe to say they're going to go with pretty much everything in your wardrobe. I styled these bad boys with a trusty a-line floral dress and seventies inspired gilet for a muted nod to a certain era gone-by- and I can assure you I didn't have to stop for a shoe break/whinge once- they're really that comfy (and I've worn some shoes in my time, kids). Plus, if you fancy checking out their other essentials you can do so here- they're essentials for a reason ; )

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(Hat: ASOS, Dress: C/O Dorothy Perkins, Gilet: C/O Dorothy Perkins, Bag: C/O Dorothy Perkins, Shoes: C/O Dorothy Perkins)


and here's what I wore...


Post in collaboration with Dorothy Perkins


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What Olivia Cooked: A Very Special BeeDay Cake!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

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(Decorations from Handpicked Collection)

It's no secret that I'm a Burt's Bees fan. Having done a little work with them earlier this year, and subsequently held my first ever workshop with them (eek) which some of you came along to (thank you so so much if you caught it)- I thought it only appropriate to host a little cake party to celebrate the brand turning 30 this month- and what better way to do so than a honey flavoured (and themed) cake? You got to give it to them, they don't look a day over 21- and nothing beats a slice (or comb-of) cake! A little thank you to the bees who started it all, let's say! You can also join in the party by buzzing over a birthday message with #burtsbeeday on Burt’s Bees Facebook page, which could potentially be read out Burt himself (yup, Burt is real) at a live webcast on the 17th September too- pretty blooming exciting!

Using a James Martin recipe, I created a simple honey sponge decorated with little fondant bumble bees (it'd be rude not to, right?)- which is super easy to do, and really tasty and effective! As always if you give it a go yourself, hashtag #bakewithliv as per, you know I'm a sucker for your bakes! Anyway...

You will need:
- 170g clear honey
- 140g unsalted butter
- 85g light muscovado sugar
- 2 beaten eggs
- 200g self raising flour
- Coloured fondant icing and white chocolate buttons for decoration
- Fancy tin of your choice
- Water
Burts Bees Honey Birthday Cake 1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees, and line and grease your tin! Measure your honey, butter and sugar in to a pan- along with a tablespoon of water and simmer over a low heat until melted together. Move from the heat and cool a little!

Burts Bees Honey Birthday Cake 2. Sift in your flour and mix in your eggs, and combine everything- I told you it was easy!
Burts Bees Honey Birthday Cake Burts Bees Honey Birthday Cake 3. Spoon in to your tin and bake for about 35-40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out completely clean.

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4. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely before tucking in! Roll out your fondant icing into appropriate shapes if you're that way inclined, but cute creatures not always necessary ; )! Enjoy!

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Keep up to date with the celebrations using the #BurtsBeeDay hashtag here - and also stay tuned for the live video webcast party here!


This post is in collaboration with Burt's Bees, but all feels are my own- and I'm a big fan of Burt and beedayz! Bzzzzz!


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