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Monday, 1 September 2014

New York Kate Spade
...and if you haven't guessed it yet, just have a look above- I'm heading to New York!

Do you ever have those surreal moments in life, where something seems almost too exciting to be true? You daren't shout about it or even whisper in case it's all a bit of a dream- but then you find yourself filling out passport details and suddenly everything is real? Well, this week I'll be heading over to the big apple to catch the Kate Spade SS15 NYFW presentation- and I can't lie, I'm a tiiiny bit excited!

New York Kate Spade Having fallen in love with the brand several years ago now, firstly being familiar with their adorable iPhone cases (which have continued to appear on my Instagram account time after time), to their beautiful bags and Carrie Bradshaw-esque shoes and dresses (trust me, their stores are like being in the coolest apartment ever)- I'm pretty safe to say it's love, and getting to experience it all first hand is sure to be a treat and a half.

Okay, so sadly I won't be able to fit all of you lovely people in to my suitcase (no matter how much I searched, there just isn't one big enough)- but I'll be tweeting and Instagramming as per (as will the lovely people at Kate Spade)- and will have a blog post and video ready on Sunday to tell you how it's all been- are you ready to cross the pond?

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What Olivia Loved in August 2014...

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Monthly Favourites August Monthly Favourites
(1. New Look Clutch, 2. Rifle Paper Co Tin, 3. & Other Stories Dress, 4. Lush Butterball, 5. Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm, 6. Hannah Maggs Make Up Bag, 7. Porter Magazine, 8. Dior Rosy Glow Blush, 9. Origins Well Off)

Okay so this month I've done something a little different over here- instead of waffling on about my favourite products in writing (which, trust me is very easy to do), I thought I'd put it in a video so I can elaborate a little more and y'know just have a little natter. I'm not sure if this will be better or worse than my standard style of favourites post, but I'd absolutely love to know which you prefer so I can be prepared for next month! I've listed the products above so you can check them out yourselves, and as ever let me know what you've been loving this month too!



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Belated 4th Birthday Giveaway!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

One of the questions I'm asked most on this blog, when either doing interviews or even in meetings is; 'so how long have you been blogging?' Most of the time I'm quick to say 4 years without even thinking- knowing this is a 2010 baby, and it was only recently that I was asked that I realised it was that exact day in June- and I got a little soppy for having totally forgotten. So- to celebrate a wonderful 4 years of blogging, I thought I'd pop together 4 special prizes to celebrate this little birthday, all based on my favourite things and to thank you all for joining me on such an incredibly exciting journey with What Olivia Did, because let's face it- I couldn't have done it without you all! So, without further faffing- feast your eyes upon the Grafea bag of dreams care of MyBag (#winmybag), some signed Chung goodies care of Pengiun, a gift based on my favourite sugary treats and some Liv-style accessories from River Island. Thank you again you lovely people- here's to the next four!

Grafea Purple Rain Bag
Prize #1: Grafea Purple Rain Backpack
Alexa Chung IT Paperback
Prize #2: Signed copy of Alexa Chung's IT with exclusive tote
Laduree Almanac
Prize #3: Laduree Almanac Book with macaron making mould, to give it a go yourself!
River Island Accessories
Prize #4: Two Liv staples- a River Island fedora and some gorgeous sixties inspired shades!

To enter just follow the wee box below (there's a few additional means of entering), and comment letting me know which prize you'd like to get your mitts on! All prizes are open to both UK and International entries, and the giveaway is open until 30th September- good luck!

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Tara Starlet

Monday, 25 August 2014

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(Coat: C/O Tara Starlet, Bralet: C/O Tara Starlet, Skirt: Urban Outfitters, Bag: Folli Follie, Sunglasses: C/O Celine via Smartbuyglasses, Shoes: ASOS, Necklace: C/O Cecily)

Do you ever have those pieces that you have, and wait and wait to wear- and then leap at the first opportunity that comes around? Well that's pretty much how I felt about this gorgeous car coat last week. All it took was my dad watching the weather forecast and claiming 'it's going to be a chilly day!' for me to rush upstairs and whip it on. Okay- it was still about 19 degrees, and the sun was out in full force, so perhaps I looked a little keeno for Autumn (which, let's stress, I am not), but it was pretty wonderful getting to parade about in something that's been longingly hung on my bedroom door since April- and something that makes me feel a little more 'Grace Kelly' than normal, which is never a bad thing.

On top of that, I paired my new favourite coat (which, although may be out of stock will be back verrrry soon) with these sassy Celine sunnies and some ASOS pumps that have seen me through all sorts (and are so buttery soft that I could probably walk a marathon in them) which, cough, complemented my unusually tanned legs which are the only visible proof that I may have been on holiday recently- oh to be pale!

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What Olivia Cooked: Earl Grey & Chocolate Tea Bag Biscuits

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Chocolate Dipped Earl Grey Tea Bag Biscuits Recipe Chocolate Dipped Earl Grey Tea Bag Biscuits Recipe
If there's one thing we're known for in the Purvis household, it's our love for biscuits. No, really. So, after becoming somewhat infatuated and catching a glimpse of something similar on last weeks Bake Off, I thought I'd give some tea-bag inspired biccies a go myself, and pop a spot of tea flavouring in them too- the ultimate dunking biscuit if you like (especially as all of the chocolate melts off- mmm)!

You will need:
- 250g unsalted butter
- 125g caster sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 3 tablespoons Earl Grey tealeaves
- 300g plain flour
- 100g dark chocolate
- Bakers twine or ribbon
- A cookie cutter
- Baking tray lined with greaseproof paper

1. To begin with, grind up with tea leaves until they are super small and dust-like. For this you can either use a pestle and mortar or the side of a spoon, if you have a lot of patience! That, or pop them in a food processor and whizz until very small!

Chocolate Dipped Earl Grey Tea Bag Biscuits Recipe
2. Pop your butter, tea and sugar into a bowl and mix until it turns smooth and fluffy- this may take a bit of elbow grease! Alternatively pop it into your food mixer and mix!

Chocolate Dipped Earl Grey Tea Bag Biscuits Recipe
3. Pop your egg yolk to the butter and mix again until everything is well combined. Add in the flour and mix (you may need your hands for this to create a dough ball as it can get a bit tricky)!

4. Pull your dough ball in half and roll into two disc shapes, before wrapping in cling film and pop in your fridge to harden for half an hour. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees (fan assisted).
Chocolate Dipped Earl Grey Tea Bag Biscuits Recipe
5. Roll out your dough on a floured work surface until a little thicker than a pound coin. Using a square cutter (or rectangle), cut squares, and then diagonally cut the two top edges off to create the 'tea bag' shape. Using a cocktail stick, or skewer, poke a hole through the top (ensuring it is completely open) and lay onto a lined baking sheet, a little apart from the other cookies.

6. Bake for about 15 minutes, and bake until the biscuits are golden with a slightly crisp edge (but not too brown). Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely.
Chocolate Dipped Earl Grey Tea Bag Biscuits Recipe
7. Whilst they are cooling, melt your chocolate on a medium heat in a pan until just melted and glossy. Pour into a bowl, and leave until the next step is complete.

8. Using your string, cut small sections- and thread through the holes in your cooled biscuits, tying a small knot at the top and cutting away any left over string, so it all looks tidy. Dip your biscuits into the melted chocolate and lay on a baking sheet until the chocolate has set. Enjoy!
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Oh and there's a giveaway!

But that's not all folks! To celebrate and thank you lovely lot for being such keen bakers, and using the #bakewithliv hashtag- I have a little giveaway for those of you active in the kitchen and baking along (don't worry if you're not a big baker- I have another giveaway coming up next weekend for you)! The lovely people at Laura Ashley have given me a gorgeous new baking set to gift to one of you little bakers, and all you have to do is show me your favourite recipe! So, whether you try one of mine (all recipes can be found here) or show me one of your favourites, all you have to do is take a snap of it, tag #bakewithliv on Twitter or Instagram, and give @LauraAshleyUK a follow too! The giveaway is open for 2 weeks (entries close on the 7th September)- so show me your bakes, and I'll pick a winner at complete random then!

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#Warehouse264VIP

Thursday, 21 August 2014

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(Jacket: C/O Warehouse, Dress: C/O Warehouse, Bag: C/O Warehouse, Shoes: Dorothy Perkins)

It's only recently, now the weather has dipped a couple of degrees cooler (#laterssummer #doesthismeanautumn) that I've actually started thinking about my 'chilly weather wardrobe'- formally known as Autumn/Winter clothes. Seeing as my wardrobe has solely been short shorts, flouncy peasant blouses and smock dresses in an array of summery prints (read: ice lollies and daisies)- I've started to realise I'm actually in need of something for cooler evenings and those rainy days that have started making an appearance again (yup, for a moment I did forget I lived in the UK). So- when Warehouse invited my pal Kristabel and I for a trying-on session in their new Oxford Circus flagship store, in aid of their #Warehouse264VIP, I did a little happy dance a gladly accepted.

With playsuits, prints and pleather a plenty (and the alliteration-user of the year award goes to...) we picked out some seasonal inspired pieces, with Kbel opting for a sassy co-ord and me going for a Birkin inspired (my favourite term, appaz) pleather pinafore dress! Now, a girlie evening out wouldn't be complete without a slap-up meal (or, ahem, curry)- so we hopped, skipped and jumped over to Dishoom (which I'll be writing about on here soon- mega YUM) and ended the evening with a sing-a-long at the West End seeing Thriller- not blooming bad at all!

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and here's what I wore...


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All in white

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

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(Top: C/O Bando, Dungarees: Primark (similar here), Shoes: Converse, Bag: Kanken at Olive)

So, trust me when I say all white ain’t just for the backstreet boys. Apparently when I’m half a tone less pasty than my natural –cough- English rose –cough- self I embrace it to the full and take style notes from Nick Carter and co, by going double white- which I’m pretty sure is almost as daring as double denim. Ok, so there isn’t a bar stool in sight, but I‘m definitely a little in love with these dungarees (a cheeky Primark purchase) and this cool as a cucumber Bando tee, from my pals awesome new brand- which you should seriously go have a nosey at here.

Saying all of the above, this outfit was actually one I wore for an afternoon of archery at Center Parcs (oh how we laughed! At ME! Yup, instructors and all) It turns out pretending to be Robin Hood, or y’know one of his merry men certainly isn’t where my talent lies (really Liv, this is brand new information)- but it’s all part of the fun, right? At least I know how to handle any impromptu GoT situations in the future….

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