Just a little tiny post tonight, but tomorrow is the last day to vote in the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2012 (eek!) and if you read/like/don't care but have nothing else to do it would mean so so much if you could vote for 'What Olivia Did' under 'Best Established Fashion Blog' ♥

I still find it completely overwhelming to find myself in that short list with some of my absolute favourites, and although I don't consider myself worthy competition for some of the blogs I've been reading since I started writing, if you do read my blog and fancy voting- it really does means the world. I'm so so grateful to every one of you that clicks onto my page, reads and even comments and I totes don't thank y'all enough- so THANK YOU (I mean it)

Now enough of my silly gushing, here's the link!


A little tiny post...

(Blouse: Sugarhill Boutique, Jeans: American Apparel, Shoes: Urban Outfitters, Cambridge Satchel: MyBag, Sunglasses: New York, Lipstick: Mischief by Topshop)

This month the Take 10 ladies and I teamed up with the print-tastic, fun and certainly ladylike Sugarhill Boutique; and asked to style a selection of the 'pokerface pieces' from their Las Vegas selection. As you may know, I go weak at the knees for a good print (also love their new Windsor dress) so, ready to hit the Casinos, and with chips in tow (plastic, not potato) I opted for this sheer card printed shirt which oozed the perfect amount of vintage sophistication and young girlie fun! I teamed the blouse with my go-to American Apparel easy jeans, cat eyed sunnies and a slick of lipstick- to complete my gambling girl kind of look!

Have a peek at how the other sassy ladies styled the pieces! (Also, welcome our newest member Mel, after saying a sad farewell to lovely Jen!)
Sugarhill Take 10
(Paula- Pink Bow, Ellie- Pretty Much Penniless, Lucy- Snippets of Shiny Thoughts, Me, Sarah-We Shop Therefore We Are, Sherin- HiFashion, Mel- Media Marmalade, Vicki- The Magpie Girl, Fritha- Fish Tank Fashion, Harriet- Where is Harriet)

How would you style this playful print?


Project Take 10: Sugarhill Boutique

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(Florence and The Machine, Good Shoes, The Drums, We Are Scientists)

If you've read my blog for any period of time, you'll know that to me, music is pretty much as important to me as fashion. Although it rarely plays a huge part in my outfit posts and general lifestyle content, even down to the lyric titles (which I probably spend an unhealthy amount of time thinking about). I've been thinking a while about including some more music related content into my blog, whether it be playlists, reviews or anything else; but thought I'd begin with some of my favourite live gig photographs.

(The Drums, The Vaccines, Lykke Li, The Drums, Spector, Florence, Spector )

Whether it be a small record shop tucked away in the depths of East London, to sneaking my DSLR into one of my favourite gig venues (not always recommended) I always try and make sure I have some way of recording my favourite gigs, and you get to know which venues will accept which cameras (many only take small digital compact ones), meaning you can certainly prepare!

(The Vaccines, Tribes, Spector, Smith Westerns, Tribes)

Having never had the privilege of a photographer of press pass to a gig, I've managed to make do and have selected some of my favourite photos I've taken (on film, with a Nikon D40 and Canon 500d). Additionally, to get the best pictures I can, I'm usually nerding it up at the front hours before the band begin and playing around with settings ensuring I don't get too many blurred snaps, however I've heard tales of awesome iPhone snaps!

I'd love to hear if you'd be interested in anything more musical on my blog- answers on a post card!


(All photos shown above are my own, if you do use them elsewhere- please credit where appropriate)

I'm no teenage icon, I'm no Frankie Avalon

(Jacket: Whistles, Shirt: Miss Selfridge, Dress:Olive Clothing, Boots: Topshop, Bag: Mulberry, Necklace: Accessorize)

Having attended only Field Day earlier this year, it seemed my yearly festival agenda had been somewhat sparse until yesterday! Usually lapping up as much field filled live music each summer as I can, spending weekends in tents, living on Nutri-grain bars and smelling more of mud than Marc Jacobs is something I'm more than happy to be familiar with. So, when the idea popped up that I should take my little brother to his first ever festival for the day I did a little leap- I was pretty darn excited to show him the action behind the BBC3 coverage, and listen to some of our favourite bands live in person.

Arriving early afternoon, clad in warm boots and arguably less weatherproof clothing than was appropriate (or so we would later find out) we headed straight for the Dance tent to catch Grimes, before cosying up in the Festival Republic tent with Nottingham's finest Jake Bugg and Dog is Dead. After enjoying some warm-up sing a long's and a reminiscent stay at Enter Shikari's set, we went in search of some tea time snacks (a pre main stage feast if you will) and dined on tasty pizza as The Vaccines began. Following their set we moved in for our last act of the day (damn you last train!) Florence and The Machine, who despite being soaked through (both her, and us) was amazing- I may have even shed a tiny tear...


Overall we had a really lovely day, and despite having to miss my faves Metronomy and Kasabian (sob sob) saw some amazing acts, and now I can only eagerly await tonight's BBC3 coverage (expect some serious tweeting!)


Where Olivia Went: Reading Festival 2012

(Playsuit: Mod Dolly, Sunglasses: Free with Cosmo!, Shoes: Victoria Plimsolls)

With this weekend bringing the hottest day of the year, seaside and family visits and more barbecued food you can shake a skewer at, I tried to make the most of the sunshine, and parade around in my most summery get-ups, embracing shorts, sunglasses and a totally maverick no-sleeves ethos- check me out!

On Sunday I paid a visit to my nan who lives by the British pebbly seaside, and although it was ever-so-slightly overcast, enjoyed indulging in cool glasses of Sprite, lots of family chatter and driving along the seafront. I chose to wear my new favourite Mod Dolly playsuit, which has the lovliest collar and bow detail, and is also elasticated; which although sounds daft is perfect for hiding a Sunday lunch (gotta be honest!) I also teamed it with my favourite freebie Ray-Ban style sunglasses which I picked up free with Cosmo, comfy plimsolls and a slick of red lipstick (to compensate for my lack of make up).

On another note, I've been thinking of extending my blog to make it a little more 'Lifestyle and Music' based. I know it pretty much already is, but was curious as to how you'd feel seeing more recipes, maybe DIYS, tutorials, interiors, my personal photography, interviews and playlists! I may even branch into the world of beauty (probably not, I don't even really know what primer is...) but do let me know your thoughts!


Bows and flows of angel hair, and ice cream castles in the air

When I think of my style, the one word that doesn't come to mind is 'sporty'. To get me into a tracksuit, you either have to back-track 5 years to when I was embarrassingly (and breathlessly) attempting the 'bleep test' in P.E, catch me on a super lazy day, or pay me a great deal of money (or motivation) to get me out and exercising.


However, with the key trend of 'Sports Luxe' carrying us through spring and summer, through to Autumn Winter, and Olympics fever taking over it feels almost rude not to try and give a subtle nod to the trend somehow, preferably without pulling out my striped knee highs are polo shirts.


However, working in Whistles, I have been surrounded by the trend, and may have ever so slightly succumbed to it's chic ways. With leather, silk, crepe, and jersey being the key fabrics; and stripes, clean lines and slouchy silhouettes building the basis of the look, it's far easier to achieve than I'd first anticipated.


After searching the internet I picked out some of my favourite takes on the look, and only then realised it's probably far easier to build a sporty look than I thought, perfect! With Topshop, Zalando and H&M Trend being the source of many key pieces, there's no need to whip out your old P.E kit, and combing pj style trousers, simple cut t shirts, clean cut blouses and wedge trainers is the basic recipe for success- see you at the finish line!




On Trend: Sports Luxe

(Shirt: Pure Collection, Body: Topshop, Shorts: Topshop, Hat: Miss Selfridge, Boots: Soyoushoes, Bracelet: Ever Ours)

I suppose you could say this is my take on the 'Military' trend we're preparing for this autumn. With leather sleeved camo jackets sweeping the blogosphere and more importantly the high street, military jackets adorning the front of most vintage shops- it seems solider-esque style has never been so cool, and I can only suggest swapping Alexa for Action Man.

My take however, was arguably a little more subtle. I'm never one to fully embrace trends (unless they incorporate an oversized collar and ditzy print of course), and therefore opted for this khaki silk shirt; perfectly cool for this mini heatwave we appear to be having, and toned down enough that I can probably wear it under a pinafore or something equally as Primary school-esque come this Autumn. I decided to team it with some denim cut offs and a cream coloured body, for a look arguably a little cleaner than my own, but fun to embrace nonetheless!

Have you dipped your toes into the military trend? How did you wear it so you looked more Moss than Montgomery?


True romantics sleep alone

Every month on 'What Olivia Did' I take on a series of adverts and sponsors on my sidebar, all of which are ladies behind some serious gorgeous blogs or businesses. Since last month, I thought it'd be nice to start introducing my monthly ads on my blog, so you can get to know them better and what they do!

So without further ado, meet my August ads...

With stunning outfit pictures, photography to rival that of any experience professional, tales of romantic adventures and pictures of the most delicious food you could imagine- The Storybook brings you the tales of Suzi and Si, a Brighton based couple blogging about their 'memories, experiences thoughts and feelings' and documenting the beginning of their life together. All together now *awwwwh!*

You may have seen this gorgeous online shop featured in several of my previous posts; but just in case you haven't, Ever Ours are a cute-as-a-button online boutique. Run by the gorgeous and extremely talented Kim, the shop stocks adorable jewellery (moustaches aplenty), some bargainous bags and some seriously amazing clothing (think good value + MIU MIU esque prints) A seriously savvy way to part with your pennies.

Founded by the incredibly talented Amy He, Mod Dolly was born in 2010 for modern girls who 'like to be a little playful in their everyday styling'. Inspired by eras gone by, the pieces channel a modern twist on classic looks, each item carefully handmade and designed to be worn with love. With the Mod Dolly website having just relaunched and a stunning limited collection to choose from, it's simply too good to miss out on!

Selling a selection of handmade and hand picked jewellery, Little Nell stocks some of the most gorgeous accessories. Created using unique charms, stunning gem stones, pretty beads and colourful feathers, the shop stocks everything from rings to pendants- all for under £20 (with orders over £15 receiving a free gift- hurrah!) I adore the gold bead necklaces and ring trios and am constantly tempted by the 6 items for £10 lucky dip, more than worth a cheeky peek...

With fashion, lifestyle, cooking and beauty posts making up the majority of Amanda's stunning page; there is literally something for everyone on this gorgeous blog. With personal entries, wedding planning and tales of her days out (with a nod to lots of lovely places to visit) you can easily get lost on her little slice of the internet.

Mei Mei Says... is written by Meimei, a twenty something 'self confessed blogging addict' who's blog includes her favourite trends, key pieces, music and places she visits (including awesome festivals), as well as some absolutely stunning photography by the lady herself. With wishlists, foodie pics galore (don't read when hungry!) and cute-as outfits, I seriously recommend a click to this ladies blog.

All about the girl comes from the gorgeous fashion loving Caroline. Despite having never read a copy of Vogue, Caroline channels top notch 'trends on trial' posts, gorgeous outfits, style icon inspiration, awesome hair tutorials- plus some actually well written and funny writing to accompany her pictures- can the girl do no wrong?!

Jem's blog, Beautiful Clutter is the perfect example of vintage heaven. Shortlisted in this years Cosmo Blog Awards, Beautiful Clutter is adorned with beautiful whimsy photographs, florals galore, the most enviable thrifty finds, delicate crockery, countryside scenes and tales of her day-to-day living. A quintessentially British blog, to sit down and get lost in with a good cuppa!

The Strawberry Sisters is written by the stunning Emily and Beth, two gorgeous red headed sisters with a penchant for fashion, food and fabulous cocktails- what's not to love? With food photography gorgeous enough to make your tummy rumble (and recommendations of where to find it), gorgeous DIY's to get under your belt and shopping trips and dresses to make your heart skip a beat, these girls are seriously in the know, and their gorgeous blog is a first stop for my fashion and foodie quandaries.

As soon as I discovered Charlies blog several months back, I fell in love- this girl had the style I wanted, and her dreamy photographs of trips to tea rooms and the British seaside had me at hello. With a fashion sense gorgeous enough to rival that of Leith Clark, photography to make you book that train to Falmouth (or London, depending where she is), and storybook writing skills- Charlie's blog is one of my absolute faves, go go go!

If you're ever in need of a sparkly jewellery fix; Tentative Decisions should be your first internet stop. With handmade crystal jewellery coming in dozens of beautiful rainbow colours, this treasure trove (or online twinkling cave) has all the rocks you could ever want; and being crafted by hand has the beauty of sentiment too- see you at the checkout!

Not only is Stephs blog a collection of honest beauty reviews, must-do DIYs (DIY studded brogues anyone!?), enviable cool outfits (I sometimes wonder if there's anything she couldn't pull off...) and stunning places to visit; but she's one of the lovliest people ever (and has gorgeous hair, sigh!). With her blog being one of my favourite beauty, lifestyle AND fashion blogs- a visit should be in order from you all!

The thing I love about the gorgeous Beckys blog; is, not only does it incorporates beautiful crisp clear photography, stunning chic outfits and places and events posts to send you on your merry way- but each post is so so well thought out. Her writing proves she seriously knows her stuff, and her attention to detail is second to none- which can only mean hours is scrolling time and an urge to just get out there and explore with your camera.

Twenty year old Sheri is the uber talented and doubly gorgeous lady behind, 'Just Blog It All Instead'. Her blog is a sunny mix of gorgeously girlie outfits (she knows her floral prints, ladies), perfectly photographed blue skied adventures by the sea, must have recent buys, beauty tips and tricks all wrapped up with Sheri's beautiful smile. If you fancy getting lost in a fuzzy warm feeling blog, then I seriously suggest you head over here pronto!

(if you'd be interested in advertising on my blog for August email me at 'whatoliviadid@hotmail.co.uk)

Ladies behind the sidebar: August 2012



Hello, you! I'm Olivia, or Liv- a 23 year old girl living in London, spending most of her time blog writing, photo taking, social media updating and occasionally cake baking.


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