but what could be more beautiful than a weekend in the rain?

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

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(Top: Gap (Mumma P's), Skirt: Zara, Loafers: Russell & Bromley, Bag: Mulberry, Necklace: Gift, Belt: Vintage)

Hello all! This is what I wore today for a family trip to IKEA, for some pre uni buys and 'housy' bits- which was lovely, if not a little scary. It's all beginning to dawn on me, that it's actually only next month. I've already planned a couple of gigs to go to, so hopefully that will make it easier! I'm still so worried about meeting new/people and making friends so I plan on reinventing myself as a new confident cool cat ;) haha!

Anyway, I've had a pretty good week so far. I saw a band called Spector on Monday at the Camden Barfly, for their second ever headline show and they were a-mazing (we even got to meet a certain Joe Lean of the Jing Jang Jong- remember them?). I don't often hear a band for the first time and fall in love, but they were such good performers and with only seven songs, they really put on a good show. They're supporting Slow Club on their upcoming tour so if you can, check them out you won't regret it I promise.

Also, just to remind you all, my giveaway for AX Paris ends tonight, so get your entries in and I'll name a winner in the next few days!

Hope you've all had lovely days!


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Liv Loves: Emmy The Great

Thursday, 25 August 2011

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If you are unlucky enough to be unfamiliar with Emmy The Great, or Emma Lee Moss's music then boy are you in for a treat. With her second album 'Virtue' out earlier this year and being described as 'accomplished', 'breathtakingly intimate' and 'finely crafted', Emmy The Great, or Emma Lee Moss, has certainly bounced back from 'First Love' with a vengeance. With beautifully brave songs and intensely poetic lyrics it's not one to disappoint. I caught up with Emma to talk growing up in Hong Kong, inspiration and writing on the back of cereal packets...

Where did the name 'Emmy The Great' stem from?

It came from a University project. I made a demo for it, and used one of the names we'd been playing around with at our University gig nights, not thinking it would go anywhere. The demo got around the Internet and here I am.

You grew up in both Hong Kong and in the U.K, how do you think growing up in these places has inspired your music?

I have an American cultural background, because I grew up in Hong Kong with American TV, American bands etc. My entire upbringing was built on MTV, Nirvana and Seventeen magazine. Because I spent happy summers in England, I was always in love with the idea of the perfect English scene - like a William Blake, Jerusalem type thing - but when I went to execute that in my first album, I still had this strong, semi-ironic foundation that I'd learned from US slacker rock of the 90's.

When and why did you start playing music, what inspired you to begin?

I got involved in the music world when i was at school, through my best friend whose dad was in it, and then through guys that I met while hanging around. When I hit 18, I decided that I didn't want to be one of the people who hung around, I wanted to make the actual music.

Which artists would you say inspire your music most?

Over the years I'd say Suzanne Vega, The Shangri-Las, Nick Cave, Diane Cluck.

Apart from other artists and music, where else do you gather inspiration from?

Photographs and loose concepts that I've written down in my notebook. I get a lot of headspace to come up with stuff when I'm either driving or running.

Both First Love and Virtue are both somewhat personal albums, how did your engagement and following break up affect the writing of Virtue?

It just happened that I was writing an album over this incredibly curious period, and if I didn't address that in the songs, it would have been a wasted opportunity to deal with and make a record of my experience. It's so strange because a lot of things came out in the songs which I didn't even know I was feeling, and I sometimes felt like my subconscious was sending me messages. It was an effective form of therapy as much as anything else.

What do you think you'd be doing if you weren't making music?

Writing stuff. Maybe the back of cereal packets. Something like 'We at Good Honest Cereals believe that fresh air is the key to all health, and cereal. Smile! Win a bike!;

What can we expect to see in the future of Emmy The Great?

Christmas album. Christmas 2011. Mayan Apocalypse. Christmas 2012.

'Virtue' is available now to buy, as well as tickets for her upcoming U.K tour here.

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A Girl Can Dream: The Perfect Winter Coat

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

It comes a time, not necessarily every year, when a girl has to pick out the perfect winter coat. The general criteria usually includes warmth, comfort, and preferably style. This year, after cherishing, and tiring out my beloved Topshop sailor coat, I am on the hunt for the next perfect winter coat.

This year, however, I've been split. With the androgynous trend popping up on high streets left, right and centre, blazers and tuxes decorating every stores visual display and lapels simply being the new black, I've found thick blazer like coats simple irresistible.

Saying that, part of me is also shouting 'Liv, think practicality! Come on, you're British, you need a hood!' Living in Britain, it is simply inevitable that it will rain/snow every winter, and having hair that isn't particularly weather proof (think a gallon of hairspray and it STILL goes flat in the breeze) a hood is usually favourable in times of testing weather, hense a duffle coat being on my mind!

So, after browsing the high street, I have selected my favourite high street coats, and now have the decision of choosing just one, even if it means investing in a bobble hat to compensate for a hood! I'm so torn between a duffle coat or a boxy pocket coat! I've seen so many gorgeous coats, but these are my final 4 choices! Which do you like best?

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Are there any coats you've got your eye on this winter?

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Go to discos they drink Babycham talk to Jan - in bingo accents.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

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(Top: Topshop, Shorts: Topshop, Bag: Topshop (zzzz), Loafers: Russell & Bromley)


These shorts are another one of my uniform purchases, and although they're a little 'Autumny' as it were they're really lovely. They look like a mix maroon tweedy material, and are the perfect length, not too short and pretty thick as shorts go! It's the first time I've worn them, and I'm already trying to think with what else they'd look good with- any ideas?

Just a short post today, I have a super exciting interview coming up on my blog in the next few days that' I'm so excited to publish- eek! I hope you're all having lovely weekends and making the most of this gorgeous weather!

x

All your dreams are made of strawberry lemonade

Saturday, 20 August 2011

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(Top: French Connection, Jeans: Topshop, Loafers: Russell & Bromley, Bag: Mulberry)

Hello! I hope you've all had a lovely week! I bought this top today, which I featured on my wishlist and I love it! I honestly think you can't have enough striped tops (yeah, say's the girl who has like, 12) it's a really nice length to have un-tucked/tucked in, and has a gorgeous wide neck. I also treated myself to a gorgeous silvery chain necklace from Topshop, and a H&M black skater-like dress similar to the one also on my wishlist for a steal for £15!

However, this purchases were not totally uncalled for, if you follow me on Twitter you'll know that on Thursday I received my A Level results and confirmed my place this September at The University of Liverpool studying English & Communication Studies! I'm so thrilled, as I was so so nervous and really can't wait to visit a new city, wish me luck!

I also tried out 'Moustache Nails' haha! I saw them floating around the internet and thought they were quite cheeky and comical so gave them a try. I used the 'My Fair Lady' Ciate nail polish free with Marie Claire as a base (such a good varnish- talk about quick drying!) and liquid eye liner & hairspray for the detail (a la Gem Fatale). I must say though, the right hand was a pretty tough challenge to do, who knew moustache's were so fiddly?!

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Anyway, I hope you've all had a lovely week- what have you all been up to? Also, don't forget about my AX Paris giveaway!

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She's so swishy in her satin and tat, in her frock coat and bipperty-bopperty hat

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

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(Hat: American Apparel, Body: Topshop, Belt: Primark, Trousers: C/O AX Paris, Shoes: Office)

I've always been keen to try out the 'wide leg' 'palazzo' trouser trend, especially with 70's trends this summer- but because of my height, I've always been a little wary. However, after being contacted with the lovely people at AX Paris, and then browsing their range I felt compelled to take the plunge.

After much deliberation I chose these gorgeous sheer navy palazzo pants, and I am thrilled with how they turned out. Having never shopped with AX Paris before, or known much about their clothes I was a little cautious, but since receiving these trousers (very quickly may I add!) have made several visits to their website picking out several pieces I'd definitely like to treat myself to in the future, including those amazing star print trousers, mmmm....

But that's not all. AX Paris have offered one of my fantastic readers the change to blag themselves something lovely from their website! All you have to do to enter is...

- Become a fan of AXParis' Facebook page here
- Become a fan of What Olivia Did on Facebook here
- Leave a comment on this post letting me know you've done those so I can count your entry!

and that's it! You don't even need to be a follower!

You have until Wednesday 31st to get your entries in.

In the meantime check out AX Paris's website here.

Good luck!

x

I've got a pocket full of pretty green, I'm gonna put it in the fruit machine

Saturday, 13 August 2011

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(Dress: Topshop, Loafers: Russell & Bromley)

I bought this dress as my last piece of work uniform, and I can safely say I am head over heels about it. It's such a divine sheer material, but casual enough to throw on for work with loafers and a denim jacket, but could also be worn out with some heels- versatile eh ;). To be honest, I probably should have waited until may next pay day to buy my last piece, but with A Level results looming next Thursday, I saw this purchase as a therapeutic buy to calm my somewhat incurable nerves.

Anyway, I've had a pretty chilled week this week. Similar to most bloggers, it felt rather inappropriate to post at the beginning of the week, what with the horrific activity taking place across London and the U.K. I am stunned how heartless thugs have the nerve to completely tarnish innocent people's livelihoods, but the fact so many communities united (especially thanks to @riotcleanup) to rebuild and mend their towns and cities was utterly heart warming and helped show not everyone is as bitter and cruel as some people. I hope all my readers weren't effected and have stayed safe during this turbulent week.

x

P.S I'm selling some bits here, if you fancied checking them out!
P.P.S I began a Facebook page for my blog, which you can like here!

Look Blogging Competition Entry

Friday, 12 August 2011

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With such an amazing flow of entries constantly streaming in, the competition this year looks fierce. As tempted as I was to let this phase me, I really couldn't. This opportunity stood out to me like a sore thumb, and letting the chance to blog for Look magazine at this year’s London Fashion Week slip, seemed like a risk far too great to take. So, I thought to myself, why the hell not? I have a love for fashion and style that spans to the moon and back and a dedication like no other to my little blog, so with a bit of luck I can show you that I could be exactly what Ali & the amazing Look team are LOOK-ing for (couldn’t resist the pun).

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I’ve always been interested in clothes, whether it be dressing up as a Princess in extravagant gowns as a baby or braving luminous jeans as a teen, my huge love for fashion has always been evident. Saying this, my huge love for fashion properly emerged when I was about 13 years old. I adored seeing such stylish celebrities such as Sienna Miller in her ‘boho’ phase, and remember falling head over heels in love with Matthew Williamson’s rainbow dress, so much so that I began designing my own clothes and making endless scrapbooks showcasing my inspiration and love for these gorgeous new creations embellished on every magazine page. Year after year, I find myself scouring Look for post-show coverage, making wish lists and folding pages of my favourite fashion weekly, in order to have those shoes and that dress, to make for a perfect seasonal wardrobe. Since then I have only become more interested in the industry. Working in one of the UK’s biggest high street shops, completing work experience at one of my favourite magazines and aspiring to complete an English degree in the coming years, not only has my love for fashion grown but my love for writing too.

As well as having a love for fashion, I try to exhibit my love for music, cooking and beauty on my blog, which I hope reaches out to a wide audience of readers, similar to that of Look magazine. I like to think I have an eye for style as well as well as fashion, and, being a perfectionist have a great eye for detail, so you can guarantee those details won’t be forgotten when writing up my experience at the Look show.

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I always find it incredibly hard singing my own praises, especially when it comes to why I should win something. However, what I do know is how much heart I put into my little blog, and how far I go to aspire for engaging content that I myself would enjoy reading. I try to bring my followers something they haven’t seen before and if that means interviewing Mark Ronson or Cherry Healey than I will go out of my way to do so. My blog is my pride and joy and I hope that by potentially being one of Looks Fashion week bloggers I could help to capture the event in all its beauty, through my love of writing and photography and channel that through to the readers of your magazine. Ever since dedicating a great deal of time to my blog, I have become far more confident with my sense of style and have gained a wider spectrum of the fashion industry, and a huge interest for personal style as well as fashion. Since writing I have gained a series of loyal followers and been lucky enough to meet some incredibly talented people, something I feel completely honoured to have been given the opportunity to have, and only strive towards more success for my growing blog.

I’m a confident, hardworking and driven blogger, who takes pride in her writing just as much as her dress sense, and could honestly think of nothing more rewarding and deserved than blogging from the front row at the Look show at LFW. I know, for certain that fashion and writing are things I want to commit myself to and drive towards a career in in the future, and by choosing me as one of the lucky five winners would be more than a dream come true, but a key to my future and the opportunity of a lifetime.


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Where Olivia Went: Underage Festival

Saturday, 6 August 2011

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(Jacket: Mumma P's, Dress: Topshop, Bag: Mulberry, Boots: Nans, Sunglasses: Zara)

Yesterday Gemma and I, headed to Underage festival- and yes, before you say, I know we are not Underage (I am overage by 3 months- does that count?). Thing is, she was lucky enough to win tickets, and well, it'd be rude not too right?

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Anyway we had a really fun day, despite the fact we felt extremely old (as old as an 18 year old can feel) surrounded by bouncing energetic and screaming 13 (-17) year olds in the crowd. Saying that, there was a really nice atmosphere there, and on top of that there was a Pizza Express foodie van and a delicious cup cake stall- something many grown up festivals could take a hint from!

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The music was pretty good as well, despite the fact all of the acts we wanted to see were on at the same time, we managed to squeeze as many in as we could, and ended up seeing: Bombay Bicycle Club, Miles Kane, Crystal Fighters, Pulled Apart By Horses, The Chapman Family, Johnny Flynn, Dutch Uncles, Frankie & The Heartstrings and Spector. Which, for a pretty small festival was quite a result, with all of the acts being on top form and putting on a great show, whether the crowd consisted of 20 or 200.

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(Big kudos to Frederick Blood Royale's new band Spector, I really recommend you give them a listen!)

Unfortunately, this year will have to be my last year as an 'Underager', but next year Field Day is definitely on the cards!

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p.s I'm selling some bits here, so check them out!

A Girl Can Dream: Autumn/Winter

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

So, with the ever changing weather of England it's easy to forget what season we actually are in- especially when next seasons collections begin hitting the shops. By this I mean, with the rain and clouds and impending fall clothing in shops, last week I forgot we were in July and ended up dressing for October.

However, on Sunday I bought my first winter jumper from Topshop. Since then the weather has been glorious! This leads me to believe, as I earlier explained on Twitter, that if I continue to buy Autumn clothing, the weather will remain nice, no?

Anyway, with this theory firmly under way, and even though my current cash balance won't allow it, I have started browsing new collections in order to plan my very much dream winter wardrobe... ah, a girl can dream.

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It's safe to say I have fallen in love with each of these items, and feel they would happily carry me through the next few months. I love their simplicity and versatility, and oh my goodness how gorgeous is the Dahlia dress- time to get saving!

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